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5pm service: Ten Words: LIFE

Posted 23 February 2017, 9:56 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 This Sunday night, as we are joined by FORGE Youth, we will continue our journey through God's famous ten commandments by which his people are to live. The 6'th commandment - "you shall not murder" - may seem simple enough. We would quite easily tell ourselves: 'Cool, I'm not a murderer... move on to number 7!' If we do that however, we're showing that we have precious little understanding of what this commandment actually means. On Sunday we'll hear how each of our lives are addressed by this commandment on an almost daily basis. Please join us as we hear God's Word together.

Bible Passage: Exodus 20:13; Matthew 5:21-26; John 10:10

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



9am service: Pleasure is Meaningless

Posted 23 February 2017, 9:53 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

"Everything is meaningless" is the cry of the author of Ecclesiastes. Last week Jim walked us through the first chapter, showing how Solomon begins his reflective journey through life. Everything is meaningless even wisdom. Yet in chapter 2 the focus turns from everything into the idea of pleasure. 

Solomon had every pleasure possible at his disposal. He had wine, women, wealth, works and wisdom. In each of them he found at least a sense of pleasure but never enough to satisfy his searching heart. Before he even lists his vices he concludes that each of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

How does this passage speak into our world? Well in many ways it cuts right to our hearts. Neil Postman's famous book, Entertaining Ourselves to Death adequately describes our society. So where does faith fit? Where does God fit? And most importantly where does Jesus fit in this story?

Bible passage: Ecclesiastes 2:1-11

Pastor: Ben Peletier



Prayer Point

Posted 21 February 2017, 9:35 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

To our faithful pray-er,

Margaret Burnes’ sister, Lorraine, has been diagnosed with an aggressive tumour in her brain. She is undergoing a biopsy today (21st) to determine the cancer and treatment plan. This is a tough time for Lorraine (and her husband Ross), along with Margaret and Bevan, as they are all in shock. Please uphold these people in your prayers. Margaret says they have committed her to the Lord and are trusting him, but would appreciate prayers that they might stay strong. Lorraine and Ross are members of Birkdale Baptist Church.

Jim

 



5pm service: Ten Words: RESPECT

Posted 15 February 2017, 1:59 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

The idea of honouring your parents seems a little out of touch in 2017. Surely they should be honouring us! While that is what the world might spin it's not what the Bible describes for us. This week, focusing in on the stories of Jonathan, David and Saul, we will consider what this command looks like for us today, realising that its reach is well beyond the confines of the family home. 

Bible Passage: Exodus 20:12

Pastor: Ben Peletier

 



9am service: The Search for Meaning

Posted 15 February 2017, 9:52 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

The opening verses of Ecclesiastes sounds a little depressing…Meaningless! Meaningless! Everything is Meaningless. Well, it’s supposed to be.  Solomon is simply voicing what each of us have probably felt at some time. In the routine of life, you wake up?  You take a shower, brush your teeth, eat your breakfast, get in your car, drive to work, work, drive home, watch TV, go to bed, and do it all over again.  Have you ever stopped and said ‘what is the meaning of it all?’ That’s what Solomon is doing in these verses. Perhaps the most terrifying conclusion would be that of Solomon, ‘everything is meaningless’. That everything we feel and experience, work and strive to accomplish end up in futility. Ecclesiastes portrays this in a most realistic way and that, apart for God, everything is futile. This is where we will start our series on Ecclesiastes.

Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 1:1-18

Pastor: Jim de Witte



5pm service: Ten Words: REST

Posted 8 February 2017, 11:12 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Does the idea of the Sabbath day mean anything to us today? Should it? For some people in the church, the sabbath is a strict necessity, for others, it means absolutely nothing! What are we to do or think about this controversial command and how does the New Testament and the life of Jesus change how we understand it? The sabbath is possibly the most ignored command of the 10 and yet it might just be the one we need most today in our culture.

Bible Passage: Exodus 20:8-11

Pastor: Ben Peletier

 



9am service: Stewardship of Relationships

Posted 8 February 2017, 11:11 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Relationships are tricky. Each of us have relationships of different kinds, whether they be marital, family, friendships, work relationships, folks you volunteer with, people on a sports team, etc. But the bottom line is that we all experience relationships with others, and sometimes these relationships are messy and complicated and painful. Yet we can’t flourish without them. That’s because our God is a God of relationships. After God created Adam, He said, “It is not good for man to be alone.” Obviously, God cares about relationships. The Ten Commandments is about relationships, with God and each other. Jesus summed up all Ten Commandments in two commandments (Mt. 22:37-40). Since God created us as relational beings we must wrestle through our stewardship of those relationships; thinking about how to initiate, maintain, and promote them for God’s glory. We do this because God cares about us and he cares about the way we get along. But in the end, I am responsible for my relationship with God… AND, I’m responsible for my relationships with those around me. I should not only be seeking God’s good, but also seek the wellbeing of others.

Bible Passage: Romans 12:19-21

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



5pm service: Ten Words: HONOUR

Posted 1 February 2017, 9:04 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

You shall not take the Lords name in vein. Seems simple enough. Don't blaspheme and you can tick this one off. But what is the purpose of this command? Is it to stop us from swearing in God's name or is there something more significant at work? While it's true that using any of God's many names in a trite way is wrong and offensive to God there is myriad of other ways that we can drag God's name through the mud. Every single one of us breaks this command all the time. But do we even care?

Bible Passage: Exodus 20:7

Pastor: Ben Peletier

 

 



9am service: Stewardship of Money

Posted 1 February 2017, 9:02 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Forbes recently released its list of the 50 richest people in the world. As you look over the list you realise that someone is missing. Who? God! What God owns makes Bill Gates look like a pauper. His holdings extend as far as the universe. The Bible says that there is no one and no thing that does not belong to Him. That means that his possessions include you and me, our life, our strength, our times, our talents and our money. If that is true, we need to think through how we handle the things that God has then entrusted to us. We have been thinking about some of those things over the past couple of weeks and today we get to tackle the issue of money. More specifically, how we wisely steward the money that God has entrusted to us.

Bible Passage: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15

 Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



5pm service: Ten Words: IMAGE

Posted 25 January 2017, 10:23 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Last week we saw that we have a choice, a choice between the God of the bible and every other 'god' that the world has to offer. Step one is making that right choice. Step two is understanding how we worship this God. While we may think that in the western world we have rid ourselves of religious idols the opposite is actually true. In many ways, we are worse than any other people group in history because our idols are everywhere! And the church is just as bad.

Bible Passage: Exodus 20: 4-6

Pastor: Ben Peletier



9am service: Stewardship of Talents

Posted 25 January 2017, 10:21 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

One of the most frequent questions directed at psychologists, guidance councilors, parents, pastors and many others is: 'what am I supposed to do with my life?' Somewhat ironically, in a world with seemingly limitless options and an era of history in which choice abounds more than ever this question has become commonplace. Statistics show a great deal of confusion or lack of motivation when it comes to selecting and practicing a life-long vocation consistently and with perseverance. Christians do not escape this phenomenon and need to ask themselves the question: what does God want me to do with my life? Is there something in my faith that informs - or transforms - my vocation in life? On Sunday morning we'll look at some principles from Scripture that speak to this issue.       

Bible Passge: Matthew 25:14-30

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



9am service: Stewardship of Time

Posted 18 January 2017, 9:35 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

This week we begin a new series about Stewardship. How do you manage the resources that God has given you? What things take priority and what parts of your life do you pass by. Over the next four weeks, we are going to consider four of the most important resources that God blesses us with. This week we are considering how we use time, one of the most difficult resources to manage. How do you steward the time that God has given you.

Bible Passage: Psalm 90

Pastor: Ben Peletier

 



Damien Watson Thanksgiving Service

Posted 17 January 2017, 1:24 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Please join us for a service of Thanksgiving and Celebration for the life of Damien Watson on Thursday 19th January 2017. Commencing at 2pm, at  Redland's Christian Reformed Church, cnr Delancey and Sturgeon Streets, Ormiston.

Family and friends are encouraged to wear a splash of orange as this was Damien’s favourite colour.

 



Damien Watson

Posted 17 January 2017, 1:18 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

For those who may not yet have heard, our friend and brother in Christ, Damien Watson, passed away Friday evening after his battle with cancer.

 



5pm service: Christmas Carols Evening

Posted 14 December 2016, 10:00 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

5pm Sausage Sizzle

6pm Carols

We hope you can join us to celebrate this very special time of year!!

Free ice cream and drinks afterwards.

 



9am service: The Voice

Posted 14 December 2016, 9:52 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Mary was told the child she would have was going to be the Saviour. Her response was a song of praise. Zechariah was told that he, in his old age, was having a son who would tell of the coming Saviour. His response, after a time of being mute, was to praise God. Today we step a little later into the story when we meet ‘The Voice’ preparing the way for the coming Saviour. And John prepares the way by proclaiming God’s message. His message is that the people need to repair their lives and prepare for Christ’s coming. He does this by calling the people to repent and be baptized. But why do we look at this poem about John? Because, as someone has said, the path of the incarnation passes through John on the way to Bethlehem’s manger. So, while Christmas is a time of joy and celebration, it is also a time of reflection of the words of the angels, shepherds, and the whole story. Word which talk about the salvation offered to humanity through the atonement of Jesus on the cross. It is a time to reflect on your own salvation.

Bible Passage: Luke 3:1-18

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



Redlands Community Centre

Posted 9 December 2016, 9:13 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

The last day to donate items for the Community Centre Christmas hampers is:

SUNDAY 11 DECEMBER.

Please be generous to those less fortunate than us. Donations of non-perishable food items can be placed in the box in the foyer.

 



5pm service: Blessed Is....

Posted 6 December 2016, 9:15 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Psalm 1 starts with the words: 'Blessed is the man...' It can be understood to mean 'happy is the person whose delight is in God's word upon which she or he meditates day and night'. As profound and deep as this truth is, we find that there is another Psalm which starts with almost identical words (blessed is he...) and yet "the happiness of the man speaking here is greater even than that of the man speaking in Psalm 1" (Montgomery Boice). What is this happiness of Psalm 32? Please join us as we consider the precious words of this Psalm.    

Bible Passage: Psalm 32

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



Posted 6 December 2016, 9:14 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

After nine months of silence, Zechariah has something to say! Of course, it’s not just that he’s been bursting to talk, or even that nine months of reflection has led to such deep insights. Zechariah’s song, which we will look at this Sunday morning, is a prediction made by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. This prophecy is a beautiful summary of the implication of all the events surrounding the birth of Jesus that Luke describes. It is a song saturated with the abundant mercy of God. God knows the need of the people; God is responding to his promises to save his people; God is bringing about the salvation of his people. This is a song of mercy, and blessing. After singing his praise of God’s tender compassion, he turns to offers his Spirit-filled benediction upon his son, the one who will announce God’s tender mercy and give them knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins. And so, the old priest Zechariah, near the end of his days, sings a song of mercy, blessing, and forgiveness, under the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Bible Passage: Luke 1:67-80

Pastor: Jim de Witte



5pm service: The Restoration of All Things (DVD)

Posted 30 November 2016, 9:08 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Do you want an overview of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation? Do you want to know about the Kingdom of God and its advancing? Join us tonight, where we will watch a brilliant presentation by Brad Gray (Walking the Text). We may feel small and insignificant, till we grasp a picture of God’s greater kingdom advancing in the world. Come and be inspired.

 



9am service: Mary's Song

Posted 30 November 2016, 9:07 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Today we begin a short series looking at the songs on Luke’s gospel focussed on the birth of Jesus. We start with Mary’s poem, known as the ‘Magnificat’. Through it all, Mary is an example of humility, stating her dependence on God. Mary is an example of thankfulness, praising and exulting God. She saw God’s work in her life as evidence of his love for all his people. We honour Mary and thank God for her simple trust. We honour her, not by praying to her, but by modelling our own relationship with God on the traits she displayed. We will look at those traits of submission, humility and praise.

Bible Passage: Luke 1:46-56

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



Car Wash - Saturday

Posted 28 November 2016, 2:33 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Saturday - 3rd December

8:00am onwards 

Volunteers Needed. Contact Doug Klitscher

Proceeds to Salvation Army Christmas Appeal

 

 



5pm service: Youth Service - This Is How I Roll

Posted 23 November 2016, 10:07 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 This week we have the pleasure of hosting "The Assembly", the state gathering of all the CRCA youth in Queensland. We are going to consider what it means to love what God loves. To enjoy life as he intended it to be. Some of this may be weird to the world around us be we like the Psalmist should be able to say: "God I love your law!". We should love it so much that we have no fear in saying "This is how I roll". 

Bible Passage: Psalm 119:9-16

Pastor: Ben Peletier



9am service: Christian of the Year Award

Posted 23 November 2016, 10:05 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

As you read this passage, you can imagine the disciples arguing about who would be awarded the prestigious award of ‘Christian of the Year’. You picture them trying to show why they should be considered for the award, how they were greater, each convinced that they were a better disciple than the one next to them. When they hit Capernaum Jesus challenges them to share what they were discussing and all they can do is look down at their sandals. This argument they were having was not something they were comfortable sharing with Jesus because it seemed so ludicrous. The scary thought is that this kind of bickering, while not done openly, probably happens more than we care to admit. So how does Jesus address their debate? By turning their world and the expectations of the world upside-down. On Sunday we will try to get an understanding of this upside-down kingdom that Jesus proposes.

Bible Passage: Mark 9:30-37

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



5pm service: Life WITH Faith, Hope and Love

Posted 16 November 2016, 9:21 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 We are wrapping up our WITH series tonight. Last week we looked back at our rejection of life with God in the Garden (Genesis 3) and we looked forward to our reunion with God in the new creation. This reunion flows from our reconciliation through Jesus Christ, who came and lived with us. Yet, how do we live with God in the here and now? It starts with understanding that we live with God as a beloved child. Jethani writes, ‘Love is the beginning and the end, the origin and culmination of our relationship with God.’ We can strengthen that love relationship with God by training ourselves to be aware of His constant presence and communing with Him. We live with a faith that we’re always safe in God’s care, we place your hope in God Himself rather than in our circumstances, and we let God’s love inspire us to love others, and live in wonder, and joy.

Bible Passage: 1 John 4:7-12; 19-21

Pastor: Jime de Witte

 



9am service: Belief, Unbelief and Everything in Between

Posted 16 November 2016, 9:18 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

 Peter, James and John have just witnessed Jesus amazing transfiguration, they got to see Jesus in his glory. What an amazing experience! But what goes up must come down, so they climb back down to the reality of the mission. When they get there they are immediately confronted with a bickering crowd who are questioning the authority and power of the disciples. For some reason, the disciples cannot heal a demon-possessed child so Jesus takes the opportunity to teach them (and us) about faith.

Bible Passage: Mark 9:14-29

Pastor: Ben Peletier



5pm service: Life With God

Posted 9 November 2016, 9:46 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Over the last four weeks we have looked at the four main ways that we misuse or misunderstand our relationship with God. What is it that God actually wants from us most? It's not a life under him, a life over him, a life from him or a life for him. God simply wants us to live in relationship with him. He wants us to relate to him in the way we were intended to. He wants us to return to an Eden like relationship, eternally. 

Bible Passage: Genesis 3:1-10 & Revelation 21:1-5

Pastor: Ben Peletier

 



9am service: The Transfiguration

Posted 9 November 2016, 9:44 AM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

If you're a Christian, you may have read this passage numerous times in the past and thought to yourself: 'what a strange, strange story!' Only three of Jesus' 12 main followers up an incredibly high mountain (about 9000 feet above sea level!) to see him 'transfigured'. What does that even mean? And more importantly, why give these disciples the insight into this very, very strange event? On Sunday morning we'll unpack this and hopefully profit immensely from both understanding it and receiving it's rich nourishment for our often-weary souls.  Please join us. 

Bible Passage: Mark 9:1-13

Pastor: Ettiene de Wilzem

 



5pm service: Life For God

Posted 2 November 2016, 4:32 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

From within the Church a life for God would have to be the most pervasive misunderstanding of how we relate to God. Do we live as Christians simply to do God's bidding? Are we to simply pour ourselves into as many ministries as we can handle? A life for God is a dangerous posture because it elevates what we do above all else. 

Bible Passage: Luke 15:11-32

Pastor: Ben Peletier

 



9am service: Blurred Vision

Posted 2 November 2016, 4:30 PM by Wendy Hammond. Permalink

Peter’s response to Jesus’ teaching about his coming death and resurrection is a clear example of blurred vision. Peter, correctly, recognised Jesus as the Christ, but loudly objected to any mention of Jesus suffering and dying. To Peter this is an inappropriate role of the Christ that he was looking at. We need clear spiritual vision to see Jesus for who he is: Messiah and Lord. With that type of vision we can then accept the requirements of discipleship that Jesus goes on to teach about. What does suffering for the Christian look like, if we have the right vision?

Bible Passage: Mark 8:31-9:1

Pastor: Jim de Witte

 



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