Seeking revenge is so luring… but never heals the hurt. OT Joseph had serious reasons for seeking revenge from those who mistreated and misrepresented him. He’d been incarcerated in jail. Sold as a slave. Threatened with death. Joseph suffered heavy duty wrongs! The world screams ‘seek compensation!’ ‘You deserve revenge!’ But that’s not God’s way.
Driving a car when the wheels are aligned right makes driving easier. Living life when wisdom from above directs your steps make living easier. Old Testament Joseph models this as well as anyone. There were times he had to consciously realign his heart to stay the course he’d committed his life to. Tonight we’ll discover
Tonight, I want us to wrestle with the questions all of us face more often than we perhaps want to admit: Is it really possible that good can come through bad? Are there silver linings to dark clouds? Why do we have to face sad and bad things in life? Doesn’t the Bible say; ‘…
Australians love watching their favourite team. But did you know that everyone is actually part of a team? The passage we’ll be looking at this Sunday morning comes from the gospel of John where Jesus outlines for us two teams. These two teams encompass the whole of humanity, with some in one and the rest
How much would you be willing to pay for a piece of fruit? In Japan someone paid more than $6000 for one Densuke watermelon. Grown only on the northern island of Hokkaido, this beautiful dark-green fruit looks like a bowling ball. The fruit’s rarity brought an astronomical price on the market. Christians have fruit that
In this first sermon in a series on the life of OT Joseph, we see how dysfunctional Joseph’s family of origin was. Sad and bad events caused unbelievable heartache and hardship to this large family. Yet, their dysfunction didn’t thwart God’s plans for using this family to fulfil His plan for His people. What do
In the world there are all sorts of religious practices out there. From animal worship to flagellation, people do many various things in order to appease their so-called deity. This was the same in the Apostles’ day, with some groups of Jews insisting on festival and Sabbath keeping in order for forgiveness. While other Gentiles
On the surface the book of Philemon seems to be about a runaway slave, his conversion and then Paul’s attempt to have him reunited with his master. And that is certainly the story behind the letter. But interwoven in this story is so much teaching on the nature of Christian Community. That as the body
So far in our series “Real Community” we have seen the call to love each other as Christ has loved us. But this week we are going to look at an aspect of Christian community that makes it unlike any other we could experience, as we see community forged on the front line of mission.
This service is led by the HSM. The topic for the service is ‘Me, me, me’. Looking at the way our self centred culture impacts us and, most importantly, how Jesus calls us into a kingdom that is about service.
God not only used Hosea’s words, but his very life to point out Israel’s unfaithfulness to him but also his great love for them. The book of Hosea foreshadows God’s redemptive work on the cross through Jesus Christ.Read More +
We have been dipping in and out of Mark’s gospel for some time. We left it last time, just before the Triumphal entry. We pick it up again, with the teaching of Jesus through the last week of His earthly life, the time between Palm Sunday and His crucifixion. Jesus packs a lot of activityRead More +
We may often be faced with some common hang-ups with the authority of the Bible when it comes to why we believe what we believe. Who hasn’t heard these sorts of remarks: “Why believe something that was written so long ago?” “Times have changed, move on.” “Can we believe that what was said and doneRead More +
Over against the war-scarred, sin-strangled world, let us reflect on the wonder of wonders in the text of texts. The measure of love is always its willingness to give; its capacity for sacrifice. In giving Christ, God gives us all things in Him. He leaves the throne of heaven for a stable in Bethlehem andRead More +