Jesus, God with Us

Date 16th December 2018  by Jim de Witte  Bible passage Matthew 1:18-25

Babies are cute. They’re not supposed to inspire awe. Maybe that’s why people find it so easy to trivialise Christmas. Baby Jesus lying helpless in a manger can be viewed with mild affection. People are unlikely to be offended by a baby and it’s why they can quickly move on with life. But who is

Making Commitments to God

Date 09th December 2018  by Jono Deenick  Bible passage Psalm 101

Psalm 101 is a psalm of commitment. In line after line, David speaks to God, and those who listen, and tells Him what he will do. It almost comes across as bravado or arrogance. Yet, it’s worth asking whether this is something we should be doing? How does committing fit with grace? Do we imply

Jesus, a Promise Fulfilled

Date 09th December 2018  by Jim de Witte  Bible passage Matthew 1:1-17

If we took a survey of everyone and asked ‘What is your favourite text in the Bible?’ probably none of you would say ‘Matthew 1:1-17. Instead you are more likely to ask, ‘Why would Matthew begin his account of the life of Jesus with a boring genealogy?’ That’s a great question and one we will

A Psalm of the Cleaners

Date 02nd December 2018  by Jim de Witte  Bible passage Psalm 84

This is a beautiful Psalm written by people who were present in the Temple, who served there. In it they are expressing just how intensely they desired to be there. But this desire was not because they were separated from it but because they were exactly where they wanted to be. They felt blessed to

God, Who Cares

Date 02nd December 2018  by Jono Deenick  Bible passage John 1:1-18

Over the last two weeks we have seen the mystery, as we examined the Trinity, and the majesty of God as creator. In doing that, one can be left with the impression that God is distant and unapproachable. So different from us that any real relationship is impossible. That is not what we find in

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Waste or Worship?

Date: 22 July 2018, 18:07 by Load Audio & Video

In the midst of hatred and betrayal Mark records and act of simple and costly devotion. Sensing where the life of Jesus was headed and being unable to alter that course in an act of love and faith she did what she could for Jesus. The question that is drawn out from the passage is

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The Symptoms of the Flesh

Date: 19 August 2018, 18:08 by Load Audio & Video

Have you ever had the experience of looking back on something you did wrong and saying to yourself, ‘I can’t believe I did that. I don’t normally do that sort of thing.’ How does that happen? Why do we humans do things that we believe are wrong? Why can’t we educate ourselves to a better

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Building a Body Together

Date: 29 July 2018, 10:07 by Load Audio & Video

As I start my ministry here it Redlands CRC it seemed a great time to take a look at what the church is supposed to be, at least in part. What is my role? What are we aiming for? Paul, using the image of the church as body gives us an idea in Eph 4.

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Song of a Struggling Saint

Date: 19 August 2018, 10:08 by Load Audio & Video

If you live long enough, your faith is bound to be challenged some time. Psalm 73 is the song of a godly man who felt his faith slipping away. Even though these words were written 3000 years ago, they might as well have been written today. This Psalm is his very personal testimony. He opens

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An Encouragement to Pray

Date: 15 July 2018, 18:07 by Load Audio & Video

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