Blessed is the One…

Date 16th September 2012  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Psalm 1

American journalist, novelist and Nobel prize winner, Ernest Hemmingway once said: “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know”. How true is this of western culture today? We pride ourselves on being the most ‘intelligent’ people who ever lived, and as Australians we certainly are among the best educated people in the world.

Habakkuk: The Strange Ways of God

Date 16th September 2012  by Jim de Witte  Bible passage 2 Kings 23:36-24:17 and Habakkuk 1:5-11

Today we continue our journey through the prayer diary of Habakkuk. The prophet had long prayed against the sins of God’s special nation- Judah. he loved God and he his nation and he hungered for God to act to bring relief and peace and revival. He longed for God to change hearts and lives and

Habakkuk: A Prophet’s Burden

Date 09th September 2012  by Jim de Witte  Bible passage Psalm 13, Habakkuk 1:1-4

The book of Habakkuk takes us back some 2700 years. As we open the prophet’s prayer diary we see that he lived in a very different world but as you listen to his prayers and God’s word in responding to him it becomes clear that the human condition was much the same as it is

A Different Spirit…

Date 02nd September 2012  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Numbers 14:24

Pope John XXIII once said: “It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.” On Sunday, the day when we give our full attention to Fathers we will take the time to both thank our fathers for their tireless efforts to be ‘real fathers’ as well as

The Search for Satisfaction

Date 26th August 2012  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Psalm 63

Drought [drowt] – a lengthy and serious lack of something. I wonder how often this possible description of the word ‘drought’ can be applied to the experience of our lives? As we continue to keep up with our culture’s relentless demands on our time and energies, how often are we abandoned to lengthy periods of

Walking in Wisdom

Date 05th August 2012  by Ryan Hemelaar - Operation 513 Leader  Bible passage Colossians 3:1-4; 4:2-6

What does it mean to walk in wisdom? Is it to follow the advice of the latest gossip magazines? Or to pick up life tips from today’s pop music? We are going to find out what the Apostle Paul means when he says we should walk in wisdom this coming Sunday evening. Read the last

Faster, Higher, Stronger

Date 05th August 2012  by Jim de Witte  Bible passage 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

The attention of the entire world (and ours) is focussed on London where our greatest athletes are competing in the 2012 Olympic Games. For these athletes, life has been a journey of dedication, commitment, training and perseverance that has brought them to the glory of Olympic competition and the chance of a gold medal that

Love

Date 29th July 2012  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage 1 Corinthians 13

One of the things that every member of a church wants is – to put it quite frankly – for their church to simply be awesome. They want a church which works, a church in which they feel they belong and they want to be a part of. This being the case, we can proceed

God’s Teaching Plan

Date 29th July 2012  by Jim de Witte  Bible passage Deuteronomy 6:1-12

Parenting is a tough job and what we do makes all the difference in the world. So how does God want us to do it? As parents, we have a huge influence in the lives of our children. So how do we influence them God’s way? As parents, our attitudes and actions shape the attitude

The ‘fine print’ of following Jesus

Date 22nd July 2012  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Mark 8:31-9:1

In our everyday life most of us have had to do with ‘fine print’, whether it was with regards to something as simple as a phone contract, health policy or something more complex like buying a property or business. Most of us are familiar with the important notion of ‘checking the fine print’ before we

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