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Car Wash - Saturday

Posted 30 September 2016, 9:01 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Volunteers URGENTLY NEEDED to help wash cars tomorrow from 8am. 



5pm service: Escaping Death

Posted 28 September 2016, 10:13 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 When Moses was trying to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt, Pharaoh refused to let them go until the final plague, which killed all of the first-born people and animals. Death was coming, so how could the Hebrews escape this death, this judgment of God? It was not because of prayer or fasting, not because they were exempt, not because they were good people. The Hebrews were protected because they obeyed God and put the blood of the lamb on their doorposts. So how do we escape death? The Passover we read about in Exodus was meant to tell us about the ultimate sacrifice that was coming.  Jesus was going to be the sacrifice that would take away the sins of all who came to Him. How is it possible for a holy God to receive sinners without violating His righteousness and justice? The inspired answer comes from the book of Exodus: ''When I see the blood, I will pass over you'' (Exodus 12:13). It is not enough to know that the blood of Jesus Christ was shed for the forgiveness of sin--one must personally trust Him as Saviour.

Bible Passage: Exodus 12:1-28

Pastor: Jim de Witte



9am service: The Faith of a Dog

Posted 28 September 2016, 10:07 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

After seeing Jesus challenge the traditions of the Pharisees we move quickly onto a physical application of Jesus teachings. Leaving the Jewish communities for some respite Jesus is quickly confronted by a pagan woman who's daughter is spiritually oppressed. In this moment Jesus is confronted with a challenge; do unclean people fit into his mission? If all foods are clean are all people clean as well? 

Jesus answers these questions with both a parable and a miracle, revealing the reason for his time on earth while pointing to a much bigger kingdom than his disciples even realised. 

Bible Passage: Mark 7:24-30

Pastor: Ben Peletier

 



5pm service: A Matter of Cake or Death

Posted 21 September 2016, 9:06 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Throughout this series we have seen God send nine powerful plagues. Each one displayed both God's power and the weakness of the Egyptian gods. Despite all these miraculous and powerful signs Pharaoh has still not given in, his heart is still hard and the people are still stuck in Egypt. That is until God sends one final plague. The plague that would begin the exodus.

This plague is the most confronting of all. It is death. Not the death of the military men, not the death of slaves, not even the death of magicians. No this the last plague is the death of all the first born sons, from the greatest to the smallest. This plague was so confronting that Egypt screamed as one. But what is God doing here? What is he saying? Why did he do it? What does it mean?

This final plague confronts us today in a world where it seems simply unjust. How could God do something so graphic?  

Bible Passage: Exodus 11:1-10 & 12:29-42

Pastor: Ben Peletier



9am service: Outward or Inward Religion

Posted 21 September 2016, 9:04 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Jesus comes into conflict with the religious leaders because of the different emphasis and concerns expressed. They were concerned with externals; He was concerned with the heart. Inward and outward religion comes into conflict whenever we place more emphasis on behaviour than motive and on symbolic actions than interpersonal relationships. Jesus expects a radical reorientation of our perspective, from a concern for how things look, to a concern for how they really are. How is your heart?

Bible Passage: Mark 7:1-23

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



9am service: Ridiculous or Revolutionary?

Posted 16 September 2016, 8:41 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Last week Ben cracked open the poignant meaning of the feeding of the 5000. It showed us something about Jesus that neither the crowds nor his disciples understood - at least not until much later - that Jesus was the one whose body (the bread) had to be broken and 'handed out' for the forgiveness of sins. This week we'll see another event that is geared to show us something about who Jesus was. To the modern mind it seems like a rather 'ridiculous' story until it's details are connected to the grand revelation of God that we find throughout history and the scriptures. When we see this the story moves from being ridiculous to revolutionary. 

Bible Reading: Mark 6:45-52

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



5pm Service: Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Posted 14 September 2016, 9:25 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 

The ninth plague in the exodus from Egypt sees God turn the lights out on Pharaoh. By blotting out the Sun God shows to all the people of Egypt that he is in total control of all creation. He is the God who created and he is the God with power to still intervene in his creation. 


But what does this mean for our life today? Is recognising that God is in control enough? For Pharaoh and Egypt that wasn't enough because he still didn't let the people go. The same is true for us. Believing isn't enough. Simply being afraid of the dark does not mean that we will see the light. We need to recognise the dark before we can ever see the light.

Bible Passage: Exodus 10:21-29

Pastor: Ben Peletier



5pm Service

Posted 1 September 2016, 3:00 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 There will be NO pm service. 

Spend the afternoon with family and friends.



The Shadow that We Cast

Posted 1 September 2016, 2:53 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Jesus spent three years developing a close relationship with his disciples. In that those three short years they watched him, listened to him and leant from him. Essentially they lived in his shadow. In John 13:15 we read of Jesus charge to his disciples at the end of his ministry: "I have set you an example, that you should do as I have done for you"  

 

This fathers day we consider that shadow that men cast as fathers as well as followers of Jesus. As a part of this Ben will be sharing how the shadows of his father and grandfather have shaped his life, faith and ministry.  

Bible Reading:  John 13:1-17

Pastors: Ben Peletier and Ettiene de Wilzem



5pm service: Is Self-Esteem biblical?

Posted 24 August 2016, 9:56 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 The world around us constantly tells us that we need to believe in ourself. Self-esteem is the catch phrase the supports this idea. But does it match with our biblical understanding of self value & worth? 

Bible Passage: Matthew 22: 34-40

Pastor: Ben Peletier



9am service: Afflictions Work For Us

Posted 24 August 2016, 9:54 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

2 Corinthians 4:17 draws a contrast between present tribulations and future compensations; between troubles here and triumphs hereafter.

Bible Passage:  2 Corinthians 4: 5-18

Pastor: Mark Bensley - Principal, Redlands College.



9am service: Life, Love & Theology

Posted 17 August 2016, 9:18 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

In chapters 2&3 of the book of Revelation we read the letters to the seven churches in Asia Minor (modern day Turkey). Over the next two weeks Jim and Ettiene are visiting the sites of these seven churches. The first letter is addressed to the church in Ephesus, a church known for it faithfulness but lacking in love. Are we at risk of falling into the same trap?

Bible Passage: Revelation 2:1-7

Pastor: Ben Peletier

 



9am service: God's Purpose for You

Posted 11 August 2016, 9:10 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Have you ever wondered what is God’s will for you?  Who do I marry; what career should I choose; should I be a missionary; what activity should I pursue in church ministries; etc; etc?  These are personal questions which only you and God can answer. But the verses we will explore this morning reveal what is God’s primary purpose or will for you. If you understand what God has in store for you, his primary purpose for  you, and you allow the Holy Spirit to change your life so that God’s purpose for you can be achieved, then you may find answers to those first wonderings.

Bible Reading: Romans 8:28-34

Leader: Bevan Burnes

 



5pm service: I Worship, You Worship

Posted 3 August 2016, 10:34 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Over 4000 years ago God gave to Moses the ten commandments and despite the history that fills the gap to today they still stand as a guide to life before God. Yet our world falls at the first hurdle. We all struggle to simply obey the first commandment. Everyone worships something or someone. Its a simple fact of life. Where we focus our worship will determine the way we live, the way we work and the way we interact with others. 

Bible Passage: Exodus 20:1-17

Pastor: Ben Peletier

 



9am service: Are We There Yet?

Posted 3 August 2016, 10:20 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Last week Paul contrasted what a true believer looks like, and what a religious person looks like. The true believer lives “In Christ,” by repentance, through faith. The resume of the religious is one of merit, works, and self-glory, while the resume of the believer is one of grace, repentance, humility and God reliance.  In the passage today Paul continues his point using a series of statements to emphasise that fact that he hasn’t arrived; yet he is pressing on in that direction. It is important to note that the direction isn’t in legalistic formulas, but a continued desire to know Christ, and receive His righteousness (See Philippians 3:8-11). But the same is true for us, we haven’t arrived yet; we still have our ‘l’ plates on; we need to press on in the Christian life because there is so much more of Christ to know. But what does that look like? What we do know is that it takes effort on our part. So, again, what does that look like? We will wrestle with that on Sunday morning. Join us.

Bible passage:Philippians 3:12-4:1

Pastor: Jim de Witte



5pm service: The Worst Hailstorm

Posted 27 July 2016, 11:13 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Tonight we are beginning the third and final cycle of God’s mighty acts of power against Egypt and against Pharaoh and against all the gods of Egypt. As we follow Pharaoh through the plagues, we keep wanting to ask, “Come on, what is it going to take?” What’s it going to take to get through the hard heart of Pharaoh. The blows against Egypt are mounting. This seventh plague account is longer than any of the other narratives, and it signals a significant escalation in intensity of God’s actions against Egypt, yet Pharaoh continues to hold out. What’s going on? Maybe Pharaoh is just an extreme case of a tendency present in all of us. Maybe we are seeing a bit of our stubborn self-will, our tendency to renege on our promises when relief comes, our ability to lie to ourselves. Tonight we look again at the effects of the cosmic battle being played out over the land of Egypt and we see the grace of God in a storm of hail.

Bible passage: Exodus 9:13-35

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



9am service: I want....

Posted 27 July 2016, 10:39 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 

"I just don't know what I want. Despite all my efforts I can't figure out what I want to do." These are words that Cathy Caprino, career coach and writer for FORBES magazine, hear all too often. In a world saturated with opportunities and options it's amazing how little we seem to know of what we want out lives to be about. What defines us? What will make us reach the end of our lives and have no - or perhaps as little as possible - regrets over what we spent our lives on? What do we want? This is the question we'll look at on Sunday morning and we'll consider a powerful testimony to guide us towards the best thing to want in life. Please join us.   

Bible Passage: Philippians 3:1-11

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem



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

 



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