The Birth of John the Baptist

Date 20th May 2012  by Josh Hartog - Pastor for Westside Christian Church  Bible passage

Zechariah and Elizabeth’s circumstances weren’t all that normal, but probably the most abnormal thing about them is how they saw God’s activity in their lives and responded with praise. Tonight we’re going to examine the story of John’s birth and see how, like Zechariah and Elizabeth, God’s salvation in Jesus Christ can transform our lives.

Stories of God

Date 13th May 2012  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage 2 Timothy 3:10-17

It’s that time of the year again where we stop to listen to the stories of people to whom God has revealed himself. It is in that sense that their testimonies or ‘life stories’ literally become ‘stories of God’. Stories of how God reached out, who he put in place and what experiences led them

God Loves Children!

Date 13th May 2012  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Matthew 19:13-15

When was the last time you did either of the following things: watched an animation movie, played with dolls, defeated trolls or raced toy cars with your children or grandchildren? One of the things we lose when grow older is being excited and enthused like little children over virtually anything, even empty boxes in which

The Serious Side of Child’s Play

Date 08th May 2012  by Ray Rus  Bible passage Matthew 21:16

Much of our thinking about how we relate children is “one way traffic”; what we as adults do for them. Do children, though, have a ministry to adults? How does God use children to be a blessing to us? What does it take to receive? What happens when we don’t?  

Living to Please Him

Date 06th May 2012  by Ryan Hemelaar - Operation 513 Leader  Bible passage 2 Corinthians 5:1-10

In life, we all set goals that we’d like to reach or continue to live by. Whether it be to exercise more, do better in our studies, or simply be happy. These goals can often be the motivating factor for the things we do in life. But sometimes we can mix up which goals are

The Lord Provides

Date 29th April 2012  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Jonah 1:17 and Chapter 2

Say good bye, these days are gone, And we can’t keep holding on When all we need is some relief Through these hard times (Matchbox Twenty)  

Losing My First Love

Date 29th April 2012  by Bevan Burnes - Elder  Bible passage Revelation 2:1-7

First century believers faced stiff opposition from political authorities determined to stop the spread of the Christian gospel. In spite of this, they were able to spread the gospel to “the ends of the earth”. One reason for this was a concentration on reaching cities. In Ephesus, for example, Christian leaders influenced groups of workers

God’s Call of Discomfort

Date 22nd April 2012  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Jonah 1:1-4

Christians mostly perceive God as a source of comfort in their lives. This is a well founded perception, since the Bible portrays God as being exactly that, especially in times when injustice and the painful effects of sin really hurts us. But, can God also be a God of discomfort? Can he be the one

The World in His Hands

Date 15th April 2012  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Jonah 1

“He’s got the whole world, in his hands…” Many of us are familiar with these words from the popular children’s song. While we were children and we sing it with the actions, we must confess that the power of it doesn’t really strike us unitl we’re adults. Does God really hold the whole world in

Yes, Dry Bones Can Live!

Date 08th April 2012  by Ettiene de Wilzem  Bible passage Ezekiel 37:1-14

All of us, from time to time, hit those stretches on life’s journey where we look into our own lives and we are not very excited about what we see… We often face circumstances or challenges which leave us pretty numb on the inside and it doesn’t take long before our lives feel like a

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