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Sunday 17 September 2017 AM - Kingdom Principles
September 17, 2017 03:40 AM PDT
Ps Danny begins by asking us to consider what we might mean by "The Kingdom of God". As we have all grown up in a democracy he suggests that might not be very much. We don't understand Kingship. The Jewish people of both Testaments certainly did, though. Ps Danny then proceeds to discuss the following aspects of a King and a Kingdom, and how we fit into it all:
1. A Kingdom needs a King.
This is an exciting message! After all, aren't we all translated from the Kingdom of Darkness into the Kingdom of Light? Ps Danny elaborates on all of these points with numerous scriptures from both Testaments as well as other illustrations. Listen and see what it fully means for you to be a citizen in the Kingdom of God.Sunday 10 September 2017 AM - Ps Danny Ollis - Serious? Yes, serious!
September 09, 2017 11:35 PM PDT
Ps Danny opens up with letting us know that we might not be too comfortable with today's message. He reminds us that much of the Bible is also serious. When Jesus came He was serious about love, compassion, mercy .....
Ps Danny refers us to the seriousness of the Atlantic hurricanes of the last week. And also the 1985 Mexican City earthquake during which about 40,000 people died. Just a few days ago the strongest earthquake (magnitude 8.1) to hit Mexico in a century left at least 61 people dead.
Why so many last time and so few this time? Following the 1985 quake, the authorities set up a string of alarms on the nearby fault line. This time everyone had a 1-minute warning to immediately evacuate their buildings.
A WARNING! Ps Danny reveals many warnings throughout the whole Bible (e.g. from prophets) and how people still need warnings today. We are the modern John the Baptists - if we don't warn the unsaved, who will? Ps Danny firmly addresses the current Politically Correct society in which we live in and how to withstand the abuse we might get when we give warnings to those we know and love. If we love, we warn .....
If this doesn't come naturally to you, Ps danny shows how we can get the courage and the wisdom to serve and obey God in this matter.Sunday 03 September 2017 AM - Ps Andrew Ironside - Godly Conversations
September 04, 2017 02:32 AM PDT
Happy Father's Day! Being a proud father, Ps Andrew starts off with some slides and chats of his wife, Desma, and children. Following that we get into the topic Godly Conversations. It's about talking with one another - we are all guilty of making countless mistakes in getting that right, especially with listening. God knows ..... and there are numerous scriptures that assist us in getting it right. Ps Andrew lists six categories of common conversations, how we get them wrong, and how the scriptures assist in conducting them properly:
1. Conversations That Build Up.
Yes, with the last one we're shouting at you! This is a critical, life-breathing topic that you don't want to miss. It's currently grossly missing in contentious discussions (especially in marital relationships).
In all of the above, the Bible comes to the rescue with such scriptures as Ephesians 4:29, Proverbs 18:20-22, James 3:9-12, Matthew 18:15-17, 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 and many more .....Sunday 27 August 2017 AM - Ps Christine Perry - The Power of the Question
August 26, 2017 11:25 PM PDT
We are frequently asking God questions ..... and He often doesn't answer them. He often asks us a question instead. Jesus also frequently does this in the New Testament. In today's message, Ps Christine starts with the first ever question recorded in the Bible: Genesis 3:9 - But the LORD God called to the man, "Where are you?" Of course, God knew exactly where Adam was but He wanted to give Adam the opportunity to confess and repent.
Ps Christine then continues with questions asked by God in both the New and Old Testaments. These questions illustrate the theme that God already knows the answers but that we need to ponder the question and then respond in a Godly manner. All for our own good, though it may not always seem so at the time.
Ps Christine then proposes three answers that we might respond with to God's questions to us:
1. We can ignore God's question.
2. We can try and justify ourselves.
3. We can answer God's question.
Ps Christine relates her own personal testimonies to all three of these questions, occurring at different times of her life, sometimes tragically! As we all try to dodge questions that we don't want to answer, this message is for every one of us as we can all relate to what Ps Christine has had go through when she got it wrong. Lets' learn how to get it right!Sunday 13 August 2017 AM - David Riddell - Maintain The 'Yoke'
August 13, 2017 04:34 AM PDT
David Riddell comes from Nelson in New Zealand. He is a counselor who has now been practising for 30 years. He is also an author and international speaker and founder of Living Wisdom. He is also a passionate and committed Bible-believing Christian and has spent his whole life seeking truth in all aspects, even from being a child.
Today he spoke on relationships, especially in marriage. Don't be perturbed by the title containing the word 'Yoke' A yoke is often seen to have negative connotations. All it really means is we can be connected - yoked together - in any kind of relationship, but especially in marriage. And, yes, if the marriage is not going so well, then it can be a painful yoke to be borne. And that's what David helps us with in this message.
David is a truly gifted speaker who can mix laugh-out-loud, hilarious anecdotes along with dead serious marital problems and make it all work successfully. Amazing! He begins with Amos 3:3: "Can two walk together, except they are agreed?" If this is not occurring then the yoke will bruise and crush. You won't want to miss - among several others - his explanation of the following topics:
- Negotiation Skills
You know you need this message!
August 06, 2017 03:00 AM PDT
Ps Phil begins by discussing how we can have a pivotal moment in our lives, one where suddenly everything changes, especially ourselves. For Ps Phil it was when he turned around and saw his bride, Jess, walking down the aisle towards him (for me it was when I held my first son in my arms a few minutes after he was born). Ps Phil suddenly wanted to be a better man (so did I). John 9 describes such a pivotal moment for a man who had been blind all of his life.
When they saw the blind man the disciples merely discussed his situation. Jesus, however, took an action - put mud on the man's eyes. He also gave a command for the man to wash in the pool of Siloam, which he did. And so the story goes .....
Most of us will see this as a great of the miracle of the restoration of sight to a blind man. And so it was. But it is so much more, as Ps Phil so eloquently presents to us in this message.It is about Opportunities, avoidance, suffering, obedience, pivotal moments, God touching man, heaven touching earth, people vs policies .....
And it's all directed towards enhancing our life with Jesus .....Sunday 30 July 2017 AM - Ps Mark Riddell - Better Together - Part 7: Relationships Are Work Part 2
July 30, 2017 04:01 AM PDT
Relationships Are Work ..... But the work is worth it! From last week ..... If we love God, we can love one another; Holiness - being in step with God. Ps Mark suggests that we may well be in step with God but why do we find it so hard to be in step with one another? Firstly, because it's Work! Secondly ..... God gives us grace - we need to extend that same grace to others. In practice, we will associate with those who are like ourselves. But Jesus said that if we follow Him we must deny our flesh.
This is a difficult one for all of us - and Ps Mark reminds us that he is also preaching to himself as well as us. There will always be some pain in relationships so will try to go around the problem rather than pass through it. Listen check out the scriptures that Ps Mark reveals to us that will empower us to be able to do all this. And more.Sunday 23 July 2017 AM - Ps Mark Riddell - Better Together - Part 6: Relationships Are Work Part 1
July 23, 2017 12:28 AM PDT
Ps Mark opens with humbling himself and telling us that he is preaching to himself on this topic, with us listening in. He then leads some volunteers into a hilarious 3-legged race (it was a tie). Together they were better? The topic for today ......
"Relationships Are Work ". Really? Don't they come naturally if you are connected with compatible people? Ps Mark is not referring to just anyone, but to the church, Christians, the Body of Christ. What does God have to say about this topic? .....
Hebrews 12:14 - "Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord."
Yep. Ps Mark aligns with God - WORK - we need to work at relationships with one another. He then elaborates in depth as to how we can do this and what is required of us. The work is worth it. God commands us to do it. It helps us to stay young. Much more .....
And ..... "work at living a holy life". What does it mean to be holy? How can we be holy? What is really required of us to be holy? Don't fret! It actually is possible for us to do this. (3-legged race, anyone?).
We are members of the church; we all need to know how to do these things in today's message.Sunday 16 July 2017 AM - Ps Hugh Perry - Better Together - Part 5: Praise and Worship
July 15, 2017 10:07 PM PDT
Psalm 133:1 "How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!"
Ps Hugh leads off reminding us that unity is both good and pleasant. There is power in unity. Whatever we may do by ourselves, it's a higher form when the congregation comes together in unity. 2 Chronicles 11-14 demonstrates that, when a congregation is in unity, the power and presence of God can descend so intensely that everyone fell on the floor. But that was then and this is now, eh? No!
It is true that some congregations these days have come to see a church praise and worship service more as a concert. Ps Hugh reminds us that the worship team doesn't contain stars - they are facilitators. We, the congregation, are the performers. God is the audience of One. Ps Hugh points out that praise and worship is a time of intimacy with God. We do not need to fear His presence if we are born again. We need to desire God and that can come about through praise and worship.
And that power was not just for those in the ancient times of Biblical days. Ps Hugh relates a number of modern testimonies of where a whole congregation was overcome by God's presence during praise and worship; some other times when the enemy was defeated. How good is all that? Referring to several scriptures and a number of present-day stories, Ps Hugh succeeds in encouraging us all to worship and enter the presence of God.Sunday 09 July 2017 AM - Ps Mark Riddell - Better Together - Part 4: The Lego Principle Part 2
July 09, 2017 01:05 AM PDT
Last week we had Part 1 of The Lego Principle - designed for one purpose - to Connect. Ps Mark begins with a quick revision of that message and then provides us with a dictionary definition of Connect: To attach, to associate, to bond. All the differing parts of Lego are not much good alone - connected they are Better Together and can make a Millennium Falcon (Star Wars!).
From Mark 12: 28-31 we see that Jesus has told us that the summary of the whole law was to love (connect with) God and with others. This is the essence of Discipleship. Using numerous other scriptures Ps Mark elaborates on discipleship and its relationship with God and people. Discipleship is not merely teaching - it is relationship, connecting.
We need to be healthy in our souls, we need relationship, we need to connect, we are Better Together, we need discipleship ..... Don't miss the pathway to obedience in this message.
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