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5pm service: The Labour of Listening

Posted 12 November 2014, 10:30 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 James 1:18 (The Message) reads: "He brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all his creatures." If this is true, if God truly has given new life to his people to show off how good he is, we may well ask: 'what is it about his people that is so good-looking? What is it that he is accomplishing in them that makes them so different and gives them such beauty?' Please come along as we unpack James 1:19-27 to find out more.

Bible Passage: James 1:19-27

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

9am service: Wisdom with Money

Posted 12 November 2014, 10:29 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 There is always an awkwardness about raising the subject of money and wealth. Maybe you’re thinking, I’ve heard it all before? Maybe you think you know what we are going to be talking about? Maybe you get angry when the talk of money comes up because it is no one’s business? Maybe you think it doesn’t concern me because I have no money? There are varying responses to the topic of money but we want to look at what God, in His wisdom, has to say about money. Many people wrongly believe that the Bible teaches that it’s wrong to have money.  They think that the Bible says that "Money is the root of all evil".  It actually says "The love of money is the root of all evil."  God is not opposed to wealth. Surprisingly the book of Proverbs is basically quite positive about money and how it is a blessing to the earner and the wider community. But we can so quickly make money a curse. God is very much opposed to the misuse and abuse of money.  He wants us to use our money wisely, no matter how much or how little we have. So we need the principles of God’s Word to instruct and guide us, without it will we get into trouble, and that goes for more than just with money, but also every other area of our lives. Proverbs is a good starting point for that instruction.

Bible Passage: Proverbs 11:24-31; 30:7-9

Pastor: Jim de Witte

Girls Coffee and Dessert

Posted 5 November 2014, 9:34 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink


ALL GIRLS!  Join us for Dessert and Coffee while the boys have Steak in the Sticks.

WHERE? Cleveland Coffee Club – Middle Street.

WHEN? 7.30pm – Friday 7th Nov.

See you there,

Jan Hughes – 0410 633 689

9am Service: Wisdom with Authority

Posted 5 November 2014, 9:19 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink


What does it take to be a good leader? We may not be a king or Prime Minister of a country but we all have some form of leadership and authority in our lives. If you are a parent or grandparent, a business owner or a teacher, an Elder or Deacon, a team leader or a peer you have a position of influence, authority and leadership. Whatever leadership role you find yourself in now or in the future, how will you lead? Will you lead with justice, honesty, kindness, love, and fairness? Will you be a person of integrity and service? This morning we again delve into Proverbs to answer our questions of what it takes to be in a leader and a follower. What Proverbs indicates is that authority and wisdom go hand in hand. That following and wisdom go hand in hand. The wise person listens to counsel. A fool, on the other hand, does not respect authority and is unwilling to humble themselves enough to learn from those who know more than they do.


Ultimately we look to Jesus as the greatest leader and follower in the history of the world. He is the greatest follower because he obeyed his heavenly father perfectly. He is the greatest leader because he has transformed the lives of millions of people all over the world for two-thousands and he is still doing it today. Jesus is our perfect model for leading and following.

Bible Passage: Proverbs 16:12-15;29:12-14; 31:8-9

Pastor: Jim de Witte

5pm service: Temptations!

Posted 29 October 2014, 9:41 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 We recently started a sermon series on the book of James. This is more ‘Wisdom Literature’ which gives some practical thinking and advice on everyday living. Last time we looked at the first 12 verses of chapter 1, considering the tough question on ‘How hurting helps us’. We continue this Sunday with the verses 13-18 where Paul shifts from the external trials to the internal struggle and temptation. James is typically blunt in his assessment of the consequence of when temptation strikes and we succumb to it. There is nobody to blame except us. Our failures are not society’s fault, still less God’s fault. They are our fault. Our temptations are not necessarily evil in themselves but they are opportunities to display the beauty of Jesus and the reality of our faith. What transforms a situation into a temptation comes from within us; we are tempted by our thoughts and reactions, our feelings and desires. The question that we wrestle with is: how do we understand temptation and how do we deal with it to the glory of God?

Bible Passage: James 1:1-18

Pastor: Jim de Witte

9am Service: Wisdom for the Future

Posted 29 October 2014, 9:38 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 "The future was always more important than the past (PAUL PARK, A Princess of Roumania)." Regardless of the validity of this statement as truth, it does seem to capture the predominant feeling of our culture towards the future. We are in many ways obsessed with it. For many, if not most of us, almost everything we do is driven by a concern to secure a good future. But what is a good future? And how is it secured? Please join us on Sunday morning as we see what Proverbs has to say about these questions.

Bible passage: Proverbs 23:17-18

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

Small Group Questions

Posted 29 October 2014, 6:59 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink


Wisdom in Work

Read: Proverbs 6:6-11; 26:13-16


What stood out for you from the sermon?

What didn’t you understand?

What comes to mind when you think of a slug?

In what areas of your life are you like a slug?


Discuss with the family or in your small group:

How does doing work for yourself bring motivation for work?


How does doing it for others provide motivation?

Bruce Waltke said:

the definition of righteous people is that “they disadvantage themselves to advantage others, while the wicked…are willing to disadvantage the community to advantage themselves.”


1 Thess. 4:1-12, ‘Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.’

How about doing work for God as your highest motivation?

Ephesians 6:7 ‘Serve (work) wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord...’

Colossians 3:23-24 ‘Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men...It is the Lord Christ you are serving.

Steak in the Sticks

Posted 22 October 2014, 2:55 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Friday 7th November


All boys and men welcome!

$7 per person for dinner.

Campfire, meat and great company.

Message Kyle at for the address

RSVP by November 2nd.


Wisdom in Work

Posted 22 October 2014, 2:51 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink


Do you realize you’re going to spend (or have spent) over 120,000 hours of your life in paid work, which is about 40% of your waking hours! Unless you’re retired, you are probably groaning inside at the thought of that. In a culture that celebrates entertainment and relaxation, why not put in an average day’s work then go home and watch TV? Why not do just enough to get through the workweek, then “kick back and chill out” on the weekend? Why should God’s people act differently? Proverbs is all about living wisely in this world. It touches on practical, everyday living. It has some wisdom to share with us about all these questions and so much more. How can we find satisfaction in work? How do we keep a proper perspective on all these things?


So it shouldn’t surprise us that God addresses work in the Bible since it is such a major part of our lives. As work constitutes such a large part of our lives, I think God is concerned with how we live and act in those hours. We need to start off by saying that work is not a curse but a reflection of God and his character. As people created in the image of God we reflect the character of God in how we do our work. If we are then followers of Jesus Christ, that should affect our work. So what sort of attitude should we have? So how do we honour God in our work? What are the benefits of work and rest? Join us as we consider what Proverbs has to say on this important topic.

Bible Passage: Proverbs 6:6-11; 26:13-16

Pastor: Jim de Witte

5pm service: How Hurting Helps Us.

Posted 15 October 2014, 8:53 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

If lived faithfully, the Christian life will inevitably be accompanied by times of deep hurt and trials. So easily can circumstances drive us into a corner where our tearful eyes have one question written on them: why? What is the point of my pain and my suffering? How can I deal with it in a way that truly satisfies? This Sunday we will look at some answers from the letter of James. 

Bible Passage: James

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

9am service: Wisdom in Friendships

Posted 15 October 2014, 8:50 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Proverbs deals with social realities and today we are looking at the reality of friendships. We may be of the best character but choose to hang out with the wrong crowd. What happens then? ‘Bad company corrupts good character’ (1 Corinthians 15:33). The wise person chooses friends who are good-hearted, even-tempered, considerate and kind. Wise people should work at choosing, forging, and keeping good friendships. These friendships will grow and shape us. But what about ‘friendships’ that flow out of our work or school environment? How do they fit in with the biblical concept of friendship? How can we influence them, without being influenced by them? What does Proverbs have to say that might help us? But of all the friendships we could possible develop, none can excel the one we can have with Him who truly "sticks closer than a brother" – our Lord Jesus Christ! We are freed to be a great friend by the great friendship of Jesus on the cross. When we look to that friendship we find so much more which flows into our daily friendships.

Bible Passage: John 15:9-17

Pastor: Jim de Witte

GEMS Leader Urgently Required

Posted 10 October 2014, 11:23 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

A GEMS leader is urgently required for tonight. 6:30pm-8:30pm.

Please contact Helen Watson if you are available. 0408 626 863

Community Carols Choir

Posted 8 October 2014, 3:03 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

The first rehearsal for the Community Carols choir is Sunday straight after the a.m. service.  Anyone interested can contact Mel van Schyndel, Lauren Downs or just stay after church.



5pm service: Born Again

Posted 8 October 2014, 2:57 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 9 That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved (Romans 10:9-10). As a church we are privileged to have in our midst a group of individuals who 'believe in their hearts' and are willing to 'confess with their mouths' that Jesus is Lord - not only Lord in general, but their Lord. On Sunday night we will hear why they choose to follow Jesus and the difference he makes in their lives. We are all invited to celebrate the work God has started in the lives of these people and we can look forward to his completion of it. Please join us.

Bible Passage: John 3:1-15

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

9am service: Wisdom with Words

Posted 8 October 2014, 2:53 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Word are important. After all, God created the universe with words. He spoke and it was so. Jesus was called THE WORD. “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” Proverbs has a lot to say about what we say and how we use our words. Tongue, words, and lips are used over 150 times so it certainly is a central issue. In fact, Proverbs tells us that the tongue (words) has the power of life and death (18:21)!

But it is not just the spoken word that can be used for good or bad, or have the power of life and death. With Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, text messaging, email, and every other form of online communication we have power with the words we use. They can be used to encourage people, make people laugh, share helpful information, and so much more. But social networks can also be used to kill a person. We hear from time to time that yet another young person has been so lost and desperate that they chose to end their life. Investigations show the deep hurt experienced by words used in social media.

Today we will look at some of the wisdom God grants us in how we use our words.

Bible Passage: Proverbs 15:1-7

Pastor: Jim de Witte

Wedding Announcement

Posted 6 October 2014, 1:33 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink


Eddie and Margaret Bos

along with

Rodney and Sandra Van der Kley

are happy to announce the marriage of

Sarah to Anthony.


The ceremony will take place at

Redlands Christian Reformed Church on

Saturday 11th October at 1.00pm.

Followed by refreshments in the hall.


Cafe Service

Posted 1 October 2014, 12:36 PM by Jim de Witte. Permalink

 This coming Sunday is the first Sunday of the month and so designated as a Cafe Service. For the next couple of cafe style services we will conducting them somewhat differently. The service will be a regular service in the auditorium followed by food and fellowship after the service. the SPAM people will be providing the food, we just encourage everyone who attends the service to stay afterwards and share in a light supper together. The purpose is to create greater opportunities for gathering, fellowship and encouragement.

A Harden Heart

Posted 1 October 2014, 12:33 PM by Jim de Witte. Permalink

 Reading: Exodus 3:21; Romans 9:16-23; 10:8-11


"The Lord said to Moses, "When you return to Egypt, see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders I have given you the power to do. But I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go."" Exodus 4:21. The words in bold bring us face-to-face with one of the most perplexing questions arising from Scripture: who is responsible for what's going on in the world and in our hearts? Is it God or us? Was it God who caused Pharaoh to disobey him or was it Pharaoh himself who chose to? Was it, therefore, fair and just for God to treat Pharaoh the way he does in Exodus or was God cruel and even benign in his dealings with Pharaoh? Can we accept a God who, as this verse seems to indicate, actively causes infidelity and subsequently enacts his wrath upon that disobedience? These are some of the very difficult questions that both the church and people outside the church wrestle with. Sunday night we'll explore this more fully and hopefully discover the beauty that lies within these very deep doctrines.

Wisdom for Families

Posted 1 October 2014, 12:21 PM by Jim de Witte. Permalink

 Text: Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Proverbs 17:1; 24:3-4

Over the next few weeks we will be looking together at the Wisdom literature, especially wisdom as we find it in the book of Proverbs. as one commentator writes, 'Proverbs answers the universal question, "How shall I live my life?" It does not so much focus on how an individual can be successful and self-fulfilled as it does on how a person can live so as to please God' With that understanding the proverbs are not so much about how to be saved but how to equip yourself to live as a Christian in a secular society, becoming 'streetwise' Christians. Back on the 29th June Rev. Josh Hartog laid down the foundations of Proverbs for Christian living (well worth listening to). This series continues on that theme of Proverbial living. This morning we are looking at Wisdom with Families. Everyone has a family; everyone is involved in some sort of family, so the sermon will speak to everyone one of us. How does God help us to live wisely in our family relationships? We all want that; God wants that; we all want families that live God's way and be encouraged by that.

5pm service: Developing a Christian Mind

Posted 24 September 2014, 2:37 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink


The message looks at the worldview of our society pointing out where it falls short of God’s requirements and goes on to encourage us to develop a Christian worldview based on the teachings of Scripture.

Bible Passage: 2 Corinthians 3:7-19; Romans 11:33-12:2

Pastor: Bill Berends

9am service: You’ve got to be kidding me!

Posted 24 September 2014, 2:32 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink


If we read the Bible with our minds and our hearts, we would have discovered God’s words in its authenticity, its accuracy, its authority and its assurance. But if we are also being honest we would have also come across passages in the Bible that we found hard to understand the meanings, fathom the significance or simply appreciate the relevancy. In fact, some passages really challenge our mind set to the point of perhaps being rejected by us. We just keep it quietly within ourselves.

Any fair minded person would probably consider the owner of the vineyard in this parable unreasonable and unfair. Imagine you or one of your children worked for this owner for 11 hours and came home with the same pay as those who did only 1 hour of work? How would you feel? What would you do?

To add insult to ‘common sense’, Jesus said this is not just the practise of one individual landowner but in fact what the Kingdom of heaven is like! At this point, for me, every fibre in my bone screamed ‘You’ve got to be kidding me!’

Come and hear what God has to say about the way His heaven operates.

Bible Passage: Matthew 20:1-16 (NIV)

Pastor: Michael Choi


Posted 23 September 2014, 10:21 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink


Do you know that you have a ‘worldview’. Worldview is a term meaning how you interpret reality, or what you believe to be true. It is the framework from which you make sense of life and the world. So, whether conscious or subconscious, every person has some type of worldview. Your worldview then affects your response to every area of life and becomes the underlying driving force behind every emotion, decision and action.


So how do we know what our worldview is? Can I understand someone else’s worldview? Does it matter if I know any of this? Great questions that need answering! On Saturday 27th September we will be hosting an afternoon seminar with Dr. Bill Berends from the Reformed Theological College. This is what he wrote in answer to a couple of questions:

Why is it important to know what worldviews are?

Our worldview governs the way we think and act. We make many decisions on what we perceive to be common sense. But common sense is not always sensible (or biblical) and neither is it common. This becomes clear when we look at the worldviews of other cultures and subcultures. Think of traditional Roman Catholics crossing themselves to ward off evil, or Middle Eastern customs guarding against the evil eye.

What difference will it make to my life?

The Bible teaches us that we are not to be conformed to the ways of society (their idea of common sense), but transformed through the renewal of our minds (Rom. 12:2). We have to develop a Christian common sense, a Christian worldview. This is a task facing each new generation, as society is constantly changing and presenting us with new challenges. That is particularly true for Christians in the 21st century, which has seen major worldview changes that go hand in hand with new technical developments like the internet.

Through the seminar Bill will be helping us to understand differing worldviews and our own worldview. He will help us to see how understanding worldviews will help us to better understand our school, uni and work friends, along with neighbours and family. He will also help us think through the question: how should Christians respond to the changes we see in our society today?

Join us:

Saturday 27th September


Redlands Christian Reformed Church.



Thanksgiving Service

Posted 23 September 2014, 10:19 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

On Thursday 18th September the Lord called home His servant Ger Mostert.

A Thanksgiving Service will be held for the life of Ger Mostert at the church, Monday 29th September at 11:30am. This is following a private family graveside service. 

5pm service: Back to Egypt

Posted 17 September 2014, 2:29 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 There are a number of passages in the Bible that baffle us and stretch our faith. And among them is the one we’re looking at on Sunday tonight. Moses has just been given the charge to journey to Egypt, there to commence the most audacious, awesome and dangerous mission of demanding that the great Pharaoh release his vast crowd of Israelite slaves. Moses goes with God's assured promise of protection, providence and ultimate victory. What an exciting time! And yet, no sooner has he set out on the journey, disaster strikes. On the way, “the Lord met Moses and was about to kill him.” What is going on here? Moses was God’s chosen deliverer of Israel, but the Lord was about to kill him. Everything seemed ready for the deliverance of Israel, but the Lord was about to kill him. Why would God want to kill Moses? Just what are we to make of this? This almost seems like the stuff of nightmares; what’s going on? What it was that caused God to launch that fearsome attack on His chosen leader is mystifying in the extreme. But we will have a go at wrestling with this very question on Sunday night. Join us in this adventure with Moses.

Bible Passage: Exodus 4:18-31

Pastor: Jim de Witte

9am service: Defending the Faith

Posted 17 September 2014, 2:28 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

'Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain people have crept in unnoticed who long ago were designated for this condemnation, ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into sensuality and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.' Jude 3,4.         Reading through the New Testament it is  striking how the young church was attacked in many different ways. The congregation Jude is writing to also has its share of trouble, but it all comes from WITHIN! The teaching of wrong theologies and false doctrines have crept into the church. That of course is yet another tool of the devil: he did not succeed in keeping Jesus away from the cross,  so now it’s his aim to destroy the church in two ways: from the OUTSIDE (persecution!) and from the INSIDE, wrong teaching and a denial that Jesus is Lord. This particular congregation is warned that in order to survive, they must CONTEND FO THE FAITH, to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people. Are WE contenders? 

Bible Passage: Jude 1-21

Pastor: Keith Warren

5pm service: Back to Egypt

Posted 10 September 2014, 9:20 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 After spending some considerable time on the conversation God had with Moses at the burning bush, our journey through Exodus moves on. Moses sets out to return to Egypt. This return journey brings us to one of those Old Testament passages that preachers often hope to avoid (I was hoping Jim would be rostered on for this one but it seems God had other plans :) It is such a strange piece in the story of Exodus. Yet, once we dig into it a bit we very soon discover that it shows us nothing less than what's at the very heart of the Exodus and indeed the very heart of God himself. Please join us as we unpack this marvel together.

Bible Passage: Exodus 4:18-31

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

9am service: Wonderfully Made

Posted 10 September 2014, 9:18 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Today is a special day in the life of Dan and Lucy de Ruysscher along with Ettiene and Dana de Wilzem, with babies Frankie and Anna receiving the covenant sign of baptism.We rejoice with them on this day, and also commit ourselves to support them in their role as godly parents. Baptism is a great time of rejoicing. In it we see God’s promises wonderfully signified and confirmed. Baptism reminds us of the Lord’s deep involvement in Christian families, and his provision for a caring and loving family where faith can take root, grow and blossom into personal a Christian commitment.

For Dan and Lucy and Ettiene and Dana the baptisms of Frankie and Anna are a blessing and responsibility. It means they take on the responsibility to nurture their girls in the Christian faith and live consistent lives of witness and love. We, as a church, also commit to support them in that wonderful work, so all members must do whatever we can to lead the little ones, like Frankie and Anna, to faith.

Along with the baptism we are looking at Psalm 139, a psalm which speaks to our fears of forgetting. Not so much about being forgetful, as it is about being forgotten, and more importantly, being forgotten by God. Psalm 139 answers that directly by stating that God NEVER forgets His people! We are always in his view; always in his care; always within reach; always; everywhere. If you are ever wondering whether your life matters or not sit down with this Psalm and let the words sink deep into your heart. It is a wonderful Psalm of praise to God our creator, and to us as creations of God.

When Dan and Lucy and Ettiene and Dana brought Frankie and Anna forward for baptism they are affirming this truth that God never forgets and abandons his people. That Frankie and Anna are celebrated creations of God; that they have a special place in God’s covenant blessing. Join us on this exciting day. 

Bible Passage: Psalm 139

Pastor: Jim de Witte

No 5pm Service

Posted 3 September 2014, 9:24 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink


This year Father’s Day falls on Sunday 7th September.

We are planning a special service in the morning and would love to have many people join us on the day to worship God and reflect on being a man, husband and father. Because of the day Church Council decided to not hold an evening service on this day and so encourage families to spend the day together.


9am service: Cracked Pots

Posted 3 September 2014, 9:23 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 While not everyone has happy childhood memories of their fathers, I wonder if your earliest memories can recollect your belief that dad is the best! He is the strongest! He could lift you up with one hand! He drives the biggest car. The dog listens to him. As long as he was there, nothing - absolutely nothing - could harm you. But then, as your years increased, so did your disappointments in this man. Slowly, you came to realise that he was not as strong as you thought. He was not as good as you thought. He was a cracked pot. Deep down, every father knows this. Every child knows this. Every wife knows it. This Sunday we will connect with some stories, both from the Bible and from our community, of some cracked pots. Through the power of the gospel we'll rediscover the hope that every cracked pot has! Please join us. 

Bible Passage: Genesis 25:27-34; 27:1-40; 28:10-22; 2 Corinthians 4:7



9am service: Gifts of the Spirit

Posted 20 August 2014, 9:12 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Continuing our series on the Holy Spirit we come to this big topic of Spiritual gifts. There are a number of places in the New Testament which list these various gifts. Some examples are 1 Corinthians 12-14, Romans 12:3-8 and 1 Peter 4:7-11. From these passages we can put together a bit of a list of Spiritual gifts and we get an idea of what a gift is. Some of the gifts can look quite extraordinary while others seem so plain and ordinary. You might view the list of gifts and think you don’t have any of those gifts. That doesn’t mean the Holy Spirit hasn’t given you any gifts they just might not be on that list, or you might not know you have any of those gifts. Today we will be wrestling with the idea of Spiritual gifts and answering some of the basic questions like: What is a Spiritual gift? Do I have any gifts and what are they? How should I use my gift? And, most importantly, why should I use my gifts? I will try and do justice to this big topic in a single sermon, more as an overview rather than as a detailed analysis.

Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 12:1-31

Pastor: Jim de Witte


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