The Tale of Two Men

Date 21st June 2015  by Jim de Witte  Bible passage Luke 16:19-31

This striking parable of Jesus gives one of the clearest pictures of the after-death experience in the tale of two men. There is blessing for God’s own and torment for those who refuse his grace. And between these two states lies an uncrossable gap. You can scoff at Jesus warning here but we can’t deny

Fullness and Freedom

Date 21st June 2015  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Colossians 2:6-23

Sunday morning we have the beautiful opportunity to baptise Tate Hemelaar into the covenant community of God. As we do that we may well pause to ask the question: what will it take to make this little man’s entire life – every inch of his total being – as full and free as it can

Are You Ready?

Date 14th June 2015  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Matthew 25:1-13

On Saturday morning we (Ettiene and Dana) received a visit from our friendly local Jehovah’s witnesses. My conversation with these ladies, well into their late seventies or early eighties, sparked some thoughts in my head. One such thought was that despite the many vital differences in our theology I utterly respect the intense urgency with

Colossians: The Mystery

Date 14th June 2015  by Jim de Witte  Bible passage Colossians 1:24 - 2:5

As Paul writes to this small, struggling church in Colossae he outlines the supremacy of Jesus Christ and leads into the nature of his ministry, which is to tell everyone about this Christ despite the struggles, sufferings and setbacks. Paul did not view his suffering as heroic or entitling him to join a long line

Colossians: The Supremacy of Christ

Date 07th June 2015  by Jim de Witte  Bible passage Colossians 1:15-23

How do you view Jesus? What relevance would people say he has for life today? In theses verses from Colossians Paul is making some astonishing claims about who Jesus is. Through Jesus the universe was created and through him the world is rescued. This universal supremacy of Jesus Christ matches the universality of the gospel

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Christian of the Year Award – NO SERMON

Date: 27 November 2016, 09:11 by aiims

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

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Towards Wholeness: Cleaning

Date: 01 March 2015, 17:03 by aiims

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

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Ruth: God’s Perfect Timing – NO SERMON

Date: 11 January 2015, 17:01 by aiims

The right place at the right time. Coincidence? Chance? Good luck? The wrong place at the wrong time. Bad luck? Fate? Accidental? Is this how we look at the circumstances of our lives? Where is God in all of this. That was the question that plagued Naomi in chapter 1 as she wonders why she

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Date: 04 November 2012, 09:11 by aiims

We all have had victories, gifts or blessings in our lives which caused us to exclaim in an exuberant tone of joyfulness the word ‘YEEAAAH!’ or just the simple old, but very loud and emotionally charged ‘YEESSS!’ We all know the feeling when we experience this on the sports field, at work, school, uni or

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The Messenger’s Mission

Date: 16 February 2014, 09:02 by aiims

John the Baptist must be one of the most peculiar characters of Scripture. From Mark’s gospel we know he had a strange fashion sense, wearing clothes made out of rough camel hair; we know of his diet oddness, locusts and wild honey. Some might dismiss him as a crackpot, an oddball, or a weirdo but

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