I watched my five year old daughter run a race for the first time a few months ago and it wasn’t easy, I think I found it harder than she did. But life is a lot like a race, it has a starting point, it has a marked out course, and it has a goal,
Nehemiah was granted permission and the responsibility to take his people back toJerusalemto rebuild the broken city walls and gates. The repair was necessary to protect the ‘holy city’ from enemy attacks. After the work had begun, he faced scorn, slander, and threats from enemies, i.e. external threats, as well as fear and discouragement from
When you think of the word Worship – what sort of images come to mind? Some scenes from Mel Gibson’s Apocalypse where tribal people sacrifice human hearts? People in a church singing while led by a band? The silhouette of a girl on a beach with her hands stretched out towards the sun setting over
Today is recognised as Abolitionist Sunday by churches around Australia who want to take action to abolish human trafficking and slavery. It may surprise many people that slavery is still a big problem today, with an estimated 27 million people having been trafficked. Today we recognise that this is a challenge to us as Christians
How often have you looked at another person and secretly envied their sense of hapiness, fullness or closeness to God? It just seems as if there is something in their experience of life which makes yours look dry, lacking and even makes you angry! Do these people indeed have something that you don’t and if
Despite there being more people in the Redlands and we can communicate more effectively than ever, statistics show that people are feeling increasingly lonely. What’s going on and how do we fix the problem? As we look at Ecclesiastes 4:8-12 this morning we will see yet again how the Bible’s counter-cultural insights points us into
We will look at 2 Peter 3:18, and this will be the first sermon dealing with this text. There will be a second sermon to follow., at a later date. One of the worst things that can happen to a mother must be when she is told by the nurse at the clinic: Your baby
As Aussies we are given so much to be thankful for in our part of the world. Aussies who have accepted the gospel have a share in an even greater gift – the promise of eternal life with our Creator. Is it possible for us to value these promises and gifts of God more than
Joseph had a dream laid upon him from God. He proceeded to share this dream with his brothers who then in turn hated him for it. What dream is God putting in your heart. How are you going to deal with any ridicule you get when you share it.
It is with much thankfulness to God, that one of our leaders of the orphanage, Israel was able to get his visa application approved and be our special guest at church this Sunday. Israel will be sharing God’s word with us both in the morning and evening services.
How bold are your prayers? Boldness in prayer is an uncomfortable thought for many. We think of speaking softly to God, humbling ourselves before God, or having a chat with God … but agonizing before God? Storming Heaven with prayers? Pounding on the door of the Most High? Wrestling with God? Isn’t such prayer irreverent?Read More +
The Christian life is a transformed life, starting with a renewed mind. Christ’s priorities become our priorities as our mind is more aligned with Christ’s. We are also a work in progress, under construction. When Christ, to whom we are connected by faith, returns, we will be like Jesus and have a glorious, Christ-like resurrectionRead More +
Sunday evening we begin a series in the book of Daniel. It begins with a report of God’s apparent defeat, at least that is how it would have seemed at the time. We live in a time where many claim God’s defeat. The church is on the way out, it has had it’s day. HowRead More +
Jesus tells an interesting story about a shrewd manager and compliments him on the way he managed his master’s resources. Is Jesus commending dishonest business practices? Hardly! So what does He mean by saying “I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomedRead More +
The time of God’s grace is limited. In the time of Nahum, the Ninevites experienced God’s judgement, while Judah experienced His comfort and deliverance. God will once again come in judgement as night falls on the day of grace. Jesus will come as Judge, Warrior, and Deliverer. On this day, will you be counted asRead More +