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5pm service: Being Prayerful

Posted 22 April 2015, 11:25 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 We have come to our last message based on the brief but powerful letter of James. James has touched on many themes but now finally he comes to talk about prayer in the life of a Christian. Rather than being something we do as a last resort, prayer should be something that is as natural as breathing. It should be our ‘default’ position. Why? Because, James says, prayer works and is powerful. Prayer is communication with God and it can take different forms and can be done in different ways. What James expects is that prayer infuses every part of the life of the follower of Jesus. If they’re in trouble, they pray. If they’re in a good place, they pray. If they’re sick, they pray. In every situation, James expects the follower of Jesus to be speaking with God, praising him for the good times, asking for relief in the bad times. I think we take this for granted but don’t really follow it through. The Bible says that prayer should be a constant state in our lives, always speaking with God. How are we doing on that score? How does James encourage us to be these people of prayer?

Bible Passage: James 5:13-20

Pastor: Jim de Witte



9am service: Life & Death

Posted 22 April 2015, 11:18 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 One of the great praise points in ministry over the past few months has been the gospel getting shared on Friday nights with young people from our community. With God's help, GEMS, Tribe and G-Force leadership teams have laboured faithfully and hard toward this end. On Sunday morning we as a whole congregation will get an insight into how the Tribe has shared the gospel as they perform a skit to us. This is a special opportunity for us to share the journey with these leaders as well as reflect in a creative and imaginative way what the gospel means for all of us - a matter of life and death. Please join us. 

Bible Passage: Romans 6:23

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem



5pm service: Give Me Patience

Posted 15 April 2015, 1:30 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Life is filled with things that bother us and that are problems for us.  These things like: how to be a Christian parent; how to deal with “difficult people”; how to deal with emotions such as anger; how to keep from saying things that we know are not things God would have us be saying; how to respond when things are moving a lot slower that we would like for them to. So how can we be patient with someone or in some situation, and how to build up that patience? It’s a good question in the context of today’s instant society where we are used to getting fast food; where we can instant message people; where we can send a text message on our phones and get impatient if someone doesn’t respond instantly. So how can we be more patient; how can we build patience? We need to listen again to what James writes in James 5:7-12 where we see the lesson of the farmer and the prophets.

Bible Passage: James 5:7-12

Pastor: Jim de Witte



9am service: Do You Love Me?

Posted 15 April 2015, 1:28 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

This Sunday morning we have the privilege to gather again around the beautiful sacrament of baptism as we baptise Casper Rooskov, the son of Isaac and Kirsty Rooskov. 

Apart from this we will consider another encounter of a disciple with the resurrected Jesus in the gospel of John. In this encounter is an invitation Jesus extends to follow him. It is much the same invitation he extends to us - an invitation that involves much. To truly follow Christ means that every decision, every dream of our lives is filtered through his Word with the goal of glorifying him. Following Jesus means he becomes everything to us. We are to 'take up our cross daily and follow him.' The issue is that more often than not we don't know exactly what this looks like or how to accomplish it. Following Christ as he desires for us is a cause seated far above our selfish and sinful abilities. We simply lack the power and ability to do it. So, how can it happen then? Sunday morning we'll see some answers. Please join us. 

Bible Passage: John 21:15-19

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem



Car Wash 8am Saturday

Posted 9 April 2015, 9:41 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Our next car wash is on:

Saturday 11th April

8am

We need lots of volunteers to help with the washing.        

 



5pm service: When is Wealth a Sin?

Posted 9 April 2015, 9:39 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Tonight we are jumping back into the book of James, picking up where we left off before our Easter series. We come to these opening verses of chapter 5 and find this powerful condemnation of rich exploiters. While James is generally blunt and direct this criticism of the behaviour of Christians throughout his letter this condemnation seems almost out of place. So what do we do with these harsh verses? If the Bible does not teach that money itself is evil why does James speak so strongly against it here? What is he doing? Who is he addressing? Why is he writing this? What can we learn from this? Perhaps movie script writers are onto the very same thing that James is challenging here in his letter to the church. It is interesting that in many good vs evil movies the evil person will often be filthy rich and using those riches in exploitive ways to try and gain world domination. This underlying theme is one that James speaks against in his letter and we will look at why that is so.

Bible Passage: James 5:1-6

Pastor: Jim de Witte

Lord willing, we hope to celebrate the Lord's Supper in both services this Sunday (12th April).



9am service: My Lord and My God!

Posted 9 April 2015, 9:36 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 "Seeing is believing." We are all very familiar with this statement which drives so much of what our culture believes is true and what is not. It is therefore striking to see in the New Testament that even one of Jesus' closest followers lived by this code. One of the disciples, Thomas, absolutely refused to believe Jesus was raised form the dead to rule as Lord and God. On Sunday morning we'll look at his story and discover the journey that he and us need to make to move from uncertainty to certainty about the resurrected Jesus.

Bible Passage: John 20:24-31

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

Lord willing, we hope to celebrate the Lord's Supper in both services this Sunday (12th April).



Easter Sunday 9am

Posted 1 April 2015, 5:37 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

New Life Resolution

 

Today is Easter Sunday, and all over the world, Christian preachers are preaching on one subject: The Empty Tomb. One of the difficulties in thinking through the Easter story is that it is so familiar to most of us. So familiar, we can miss what Easter is really all about. We can so easily loose the power and impact of the resurrection. We need to shout out and celebrate: Christ is Risen! Today, of all days in the church calendar, should bring us back to reality and call us to renew our sure and certain hope in the resurrection of Jesus and the eternal life he has won for us. So today we will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and the new life he brings. But we will also ask the question: ‘What is that to me?’ What will change, or needs to change, for me living with the understanding of the resurrection of Jesus. What are the New Life Resolutions I need to make because of the finished work of Jesus and the new life he brings.

 

Reading: Luke 24:1-12



Good Friday service 9am

Posted 1 April 2015, 5:36 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 

The words of an old Scottish hymn sum up well what Good Friday's message is about: 
 
“Cast your deadly “doing” down –

Down at Jesus’ feet;

Stand in Him, in Him alone,

Gloriously complete. 

On Friday we will consider what Jesus' final words on the cross, 'It if Finished' means for our Christian walks. Please join us for a very special service. 



Easter Service Times

Posted 1 April 2015, 4:15 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Good Friday 9am

Easter Sunday 9am

There will be no pm service on Easter Sunday.



5pm service: "Father, into your hands..."

Posted 25 March 2015, 11:31 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

What's your only comfort in life and death? That I am not my own but belong, body and soul, in life and death, to my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ. These words from the Heidelberg Catechism are a beautiful expression of trust in the sufficiency of Jesus to look after us both now and forever. While they were written hundreds of years after the New Testament and they express the Christian's trust in Christ, we find that on the cross Jesus models for us in a striking way what it means to ultimately trust God with everything. Sunday night we'll unpack it more. Please join us. 

Bible Passage: Psalm 31:1-5; Luke 23:44-49

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem




9am service: Forsaken

Posted 25 March 2015, 11:29 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ In his book, The Hard Sayings of Jesus’ F.F. Bruce calls this phrase ‘the hardest of all the hard statements’. The problem is not with the words, they are simple. But what do they mean? What do we understand of the experience of Jesus and the Father here? We can never comprehend the depths Jesus’ anguish. Literally, truly and actually God the Father abandoned His own Son at that moment on the cross. We will need to explore why this happened and what that means for us. As we do, all we can do is stand at the foot of the cross, hear that cry, and realise that what Jesus did for us cost Him more than we can begin to imagine. And we say, Thank you.’

Bible Passage: Psalm 22; Mark 15:33-39

Pastor: Jim de Witte



5pm service: I am Thirsty!

Posted 18 March 2015, 10:46 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 I am thirsty! It’s such a simple and short statement. We say it often. It’s a common condition of the human body. As we read the suffering of Jesus we become acutely aware that this suffering was very real and very physical. What he suffered is in many ways unimaginable, especially since it was so undeserved. But not only was he experiencing a physical thirst, it was a spiritual thirst as well. Think of the others words he spoke from the cross, ‘My God, my God why have you forsaken me?’ The experience of Jesus’ thirst was so that we need not suffer the agony of spiritual thirst, of the emptiness of the soul and the forsakenness of God. We should never loose perspective on just how much Jesus suffered for our sake.

Bible Passage: John 19: 16b-30

Pastor: Jim de Witte



9am service: Here Is Your Mother

Posted 18 March 2015, 9:03 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 "...he said to his mother, 'Dear woman, here is your son,' and to the disciple, 'Here is your mother.'" Ordinarily these words may not move us to see huge significance in them. Had they been spoken by anyone else in history we may scarcely know about them. Since, however, they are some of the final words uttered by the Son of God as he is dying on the cross we have scores to gain by pausing to reflect what it means for us. On Sunday morning we'll discover how much guidance, beauty and hope resides in these few words spoken by a loving Son to his mother. Please join us.

Bible Passage: Deuteronomy 5:16; John 19:17-27

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem



5pm service: Today you will be with me

Posted 11 March 2015, 9:57 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 As Jesus hung on the cross we are listening in on a conversation between three dying men. It is amazing to see how one those hung beside Jesus changes. He has watched the way Jesus conducted himself on the cross and was convicted of his own sin and guilt. He understands who Jesus is and blurts out a request, ‘Remember me when you come into your kingdom’. Jesus responds with, ‘Today you will be with me in paradise’. This must be one of the most comforting phrases ever heard by a person. It is also an encouragement for us in that this thief on the cross could do nothing for himself except ask Jesus for help. He couldn’t lift a hand to bring about his own salvation (no good works) so he was reduced to asking. Jesus offered the gift of God’s grace and he took it.  It brings home the reality that, like the thief, we can do nothing to save ourselves. Like the thief, we simply need to ask for forgiveness and receive that wonderful gift of grace.

Bible Passage: Luke 23:26-43

Pastor: Jim de Witte



9am service: Forgive Them

Posted 11 March 2015, 9:55 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Quite often we remember people by what their last words on earth were. The final words a person speaks are important. With death closing in, the final words of a dying person are often an accurate reflection of what mattered most in the heart of that person. With this in mind, we will start a new preaching series on Sunday morning called Famous Last Words. From now until Easter we want to look at the final words Jesus spoke as he was being crucified. What do his final words tell us about who he was, why he came and what mattered most in the heart of Jesus? Please join us on Sunday morning as we start this journey together.

Bible Passage: Luke 23: 32-38

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



5pm service: Cleaning

Posted 25 February 2015, 10:04 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Most of us have heard the saying "cleanliness is next to godliness". It may remind many of us of our disgruntled parents who said it over our untidy bedrooms as children or having heard it as the justification for the Saturday morning cleaning spree in the Christian household. Is it true though? Is being clean actually something that is connected to godliness? In terms of our preaching series on holy living, does cleanliness have anything to do with being holy and if so, how? Please join us Sunday evening as we unpack this question more.

Bible Passage: Genesis 1:15; 1 Corinthians 6:18-20

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem



9am service: Exercise

Posted 25 February 2015, 9:57 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

What do experts tell us makes for a healthy lifestyle today? Rest, good nutrition and exercise to name a few. The Bible also talks about the importance of all these things, making a connection between our faith and our physical and mental health. We believe that God wants us to be healthy and that part of our calling as Christians is to do whatever we can to promote healthy living in ourselves and others. It’s part of being good stewards of creation. With the huge emphasis today on improving our health and fitness today we will look at the idea of physical exercise in relation to our setting apart all of our lives for God and moving towards wholeness.

Bible Passage: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Pastor: Jim de Witte


 



5pm service: Holy Eating

Posted 19 February 2015, 8:55 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Last Sunday morning we kicked off a series on holiness and heard that it is God's wish for us to be holy in every area of our lives - to set apart everything for God's purposes. For many of us, however, this call boils down to the following question: what does it mean to be holy? When God says that to me, what does he mean? What are some key areas or activities I engage in every day of my life which I am invited to intentionally set apart for God's purposes? And once I discover what they are, what are some guidelines or ideas to help me set these apart for his purposes? On Sunday evening we'll reflect on one of these areas - what it means to set aside the way we eat for God's purposes. Please join us as we unpack this together.

Bible Passage: Genesis 1:29-30; 9:3; Luke 7:31-35

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



9am service: Toward Wholeness: Sleep

Posted 19 February 2015, 8:50 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

We are opening up the building blocks that take us on the path toward wholeness, as was introduced to last week by Johann Eloff. This morning we are looking at sleep and its important place in developing holiness. We don’t often think of sleep this way but the Bible has quite a bit to say on the topic. We all know that sleep is never more appreciated than when it eludes us and it is not something we can store up for later.  We can also cheat on sleep for a while but eventually sleep catches up with us. The person who trusts in God needs to see sleep as a gift from Him. The Psalmist sums it up well saying, "for He grants sleep to those he loves.’ (Psalm 127:2). Sleep is a daily gift we receive from God. So how should we approach the concept of sleep and using that to honour God?

Bible Passage: Psalm 127:1-2

Pastor: Jim de Witte



5pm service: Plans

Posted 12 February 2015, 9:49 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

This subject of making plans is very relevant for us today, for we all make plans of one sort or another. Plans for college and jobs; Plans for relationships, marriage and family; Plans for holidays and retirement; Plans for our future. Making plans, in itself, is not wrong. In Paul’s letter he often made plans regarding his travels through the churches. In fact, making plans making plans (or setting goals) is a key to success in any venture we may undertake in life. But there is a "right" way to plan, and a "wrong" way; and James discusses both, which we will, look at tonight.

Bible Passage: James 4:13-17

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



9am service: Walking with God

Posted 12 February 2015, 9:47 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 ‘Walking with God Towards Wholeness in Christ’

Today I invite you to join me, walking with God, aiming at lifestyle adjustment, towards wholeness in Christ!"

Bible Passages: Galatians 5:16,19, Galatians 3:26,29, Romans 12:1,2

Pastor: Johann Eloff




Funeral Service

Posted 4 February 2015, 10:46 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

On Friday 30th January, Jaap de Groot went to be with his Lord. The Funeral will be held on Tuesday 10th February.

The graveside service will be held:

10am at Redland Bay Cemetery

19-27 Gordon Road,

Redland Bay QLD

Followed by a Thanksgiving Service at:

11:30am at Redlands Christian Reformed Church

Cnr Sturgeon & Delancey sts

Ormiston Qld

 



5pm service: The Key is Humility

Posted 4 February 2015, 10:06 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

When you read through our text for the first time, it looks a bit like a puzzle and you wonder what’s going on. Why is James being so blunt and direct? How do the verses link together? What’s going on? What can we learn from these verses? We need to realize that James is writing to believers like you and me. Can you imagine that? Believers having quarrels and conflicts? Probably you can, without too much effort. We are not immune to things like wars, fights, desires, murder, greed, and coveting. James identifies two primary conflicts that cause this trouble in the church. First, we are at war with each other and second, at war with God. These conflicts are deeply interrelated and flow from the human heart. A heart affected by sin. The key to dealing with this conflict, internally and externally, is humility. this is highlighted by the phrase, ‘God is opposed to the proud but gives grace to the humble’. 

Bible Passage: James 4:1-12

Pastor: Jim de Witte



9am service: Impress them

Posted 4 February 2015, 10:05 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

"And so do you promise, in reliance on the Holy Spirit and with the help of the Christian community, to do all in your power to instruct your child in the Christian faith, cause him to be so instructed, and to lead him by your example into a life of Christian discipleship?" So many times this question was asked of parents and communities and it will be asked again on Sunday morning as we rejoice in the baptism of Oliver Black and Casper Rooskov. But what does it look like for us to do this in practice? As we remind ourselves of the meaning of baptism and consider God's words to his covenant community in Deuteronomy we'll find out on Sunday morning. 

Bible Passage: Deuteronomy 6:6-9

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



9am service: God's Criteria

Posted 28 January 2015, 10:48 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 This Sunday morning we have the privilege of installing new elders and deacons who will embark of a journey of helping to lead God's church. While many of us may be well familiar with this practice, many of us may indeed wonder: why does the church do this? What are these people supposed to do and what qualifies a person to help lead God's church (what is God looking out for in leaders)? On Sunday we hope to shed some light on these questions as we welcome these new leaders and look at what the Word of God has to say about leadership.

Bible Passage: 1 Timothy 3 

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem



5pm service: Wisdom for Living

Posted 28 January 2015, 8:50 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

In 2015, Guinness World Recordsthe ultimate authority in record breaking achievements – celebrates the 60th anniversary of its first published edition and the creation of one of the world’s most successful and recognized brands. The idea for a book of records begins in the early 1950s when Sir Hugh Beaver (1890—1967), Managing Director of the Guinness Brewery, has the idea for a Guinness promotion based on the idea of settling pub arguments and invites the twins Norris and Ross McWhirter to compile a book of facts and figures. What takes shape is a book that will go on to become an all-time best seller and the rest is history.  We have a far better best seller to help us to live harmoniously: the wisdom of God’s Word. James wants us to apply this godly wisdom to our personal lives and relationships. The conclusion that James comes up with is that ‘we are what we do’. Not ‘we are what our job title states about us’, or ‘we are what we own’, nor even ‘we are what we say we believe’. It is what we do that shows who we really are, and it is what we do that reveals the kind of wisdom that we operate with, the kind of understanding that we have. So let’s not be impressed with how well another person can speak. God is impressed only with how well we live what we believe and teach. James wants to help us understand this truth.

Bible Passage: James 3:13-18

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



5pm service: Talk Isn't Cheap

Posted 21 January 2015, 10:14 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

"Sticks and stones can break my bones but words cannot hurt me." As children some of us knew these words as the best defense against bullying taunts from the mean kids. The truth, however, is that they simply are not true. Words have immense power. They can hurt. This Sunday, as we pick up a next installment in a series on James, we'll discover how important taming the tongue is as well as how it is actually done. Please join us.  

Bible Passage: James 3:1-18

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzen



9am service: Redeemed!

Posted 21 January 2015, 9:57 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

We don’t use the concept of redemption much anymore. But we need to understand redemption from the perspective of the story of Ruth, but also what that might mean for us today. So what does it mean to redeem? The dictionary says: ‘to gain or regain the possession of something in exchange for payment; or to pay the necessary money to clear a debt’. This is what Ruth and Naomi needed and this is where they hoped their scheming to attract Boaz’s attention would lead. This was because he was the one with the ability to redeem them as he was a close relative (Kinsman-redeemer) given that authority. But would he or someone else do it because the role included taking the widow Ruth to be his wife. If he did, he would redeem her from poverty and aloneness and shame. That’s what redemption is all about; ours under Jesus Christ contains much of the same concept of kinsman-redeemer. We can look and learn together.

Bible Passage: Ruth 4

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



9am Service: Under His Wings

Posted 14 January 2015, 10:03 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Ruth chapter 3 is intriguing to say the least. Naomi takes the initiative to find a husband for Ruth. But the strategy she comes up with is odd and risky. It's clear that this is Naomi's way of trying to get Boaz to marry Ruth. It is not clear why she should go about it like this. Why not just have a conversation with Boaz instead of this highly suggestive and risky midnight manoeuvre. Dress your best, sneak up on Boaz in the dark after a night of work and celebration. Everybody, including Ruth, must be, "And just where do you suppose that will lead?" To which Naomi gives the extraordinary answer in verse 4, "He will tell you what to do."  All of this was a risk to Ruth’s reputation, but she obviously thought it worth the risk. Perhaps she and Naomi were so sure of Boaz’s character that they knew it would all work out for the good. These verses are full of ambiguity, mystery, suspense and intrigue. What’s going on here, and what can we learn from it all? What can it possibly mean for us today?

Bible Passage: Ruth 3

Pastor: Jim de Witte



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