Exodus: The Worst Hailstorm

Date 31st July 2016  by Jim de Witte  Bible passage Exodus 9:13-35

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

Philippians: I Want…

Date 31st July 2016  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Philippians 3:1-11

“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, hears all too often. In a world saturated with opportunities and options it’s amazing how little we seem to know of what

Exodus: Could Not Stand

Date 24th July 2016  by Jim de Witte  Bible passage Exodus 9:8-12

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

Philippians: Two Worthy Lives

Date 24th July 2016  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Philippians 2:19-30

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

Philippians: What is Humility?

Date 17th July 2016  by  Bible passage

“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

Exodus: Lord of the Flies

Date 10th July 2016  by Jim de Witte  Bible passage Exodus 8:20-32

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

Philippians: Shining As Stars

Date 10th July 2016  by Jim de Witte  Bible passage Philippians 1:1-11

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

Philippians: Shining as Stars

Date 03rd July 2016  by Jim de Witte  Bible passage Philippians 1:1-11

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

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