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Sunday 13 August 2017 AM - David Riddell - Maintain The 'Yoke'
August 13, 2017 04:34 AM PDT
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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
- Strings and Buttons
- Mutual Submission
- Pretend Agreements
- Accumulated Resentment
- Trust Betrayed
- Vain Imaginations
- Projection

You know you need this message!

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You can connect with David on:

www.livingwisdom.co.nz

www.liferulz.com

www.truthcoaches.com
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Sunday 06 August 2017 AM - Ps Phil Cavanagh - Opportunities
August 06, 2017 03:00 AM PDT
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

Sunday 02 July 2017 AM - Ps Mark Riddell - Better Together - Part 3: The Lego Principle Part 1
July 02, 2017 04:08 AM PDT
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This message becomes with two parts:

- What's Lego got to do with anything?
- An amazing true story of the inventor of Lego, Ole Kirk Christiansen. Ole had more tragedies, catastrophic losses, and trials and tribulations than we might imagine. His story of victory over all circumstances is an encouragement and a marvellous testimony to all Christians. Ole was a dedicated and faithful Christian. Jesus held him up and sustained him.

And Lego? Lego is like any congregation over the whole world ..... It comes in all sizes, shapes, colours, and attributes. However, Lego and all people, Christians or not, have been created for one common purpose ..... Ps Mark will explain it all .....

Sunday 25 June 2017 AM - Ps Phil Cavanagh - Better Together - Part 2: Still Better Together
June 25, 2017 07:04 PM PDT
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Last week's message by Ps Phil was the last of the "Thrive" series. It was titled, "Better Together". As Citicoast transitions into a new format and culture of Connect Groups we have adpopted the slogan "Better Together" and today's message is now Part 2 of series under that title.

Ps Phil begins by discussing the power of a congregation's praise and worship as others walk into an amazing atmosphere. The praise and worship is better when we are together. Ps Phil then leads on to personal friendships and how we are all better together with friends. How can we make friends? How can we keep them? Ps Phil elaborates on Getting Together and Staying Together. He then discusses the following points for friendship:

1. Unity
2. Humility
3. Love

There are 100s of Bible references on all those points! The phrase 'love one another' occurs more than 100 times itself. Don't ever think that you don't contribute - just being present, being together, is powerful. Don't miss out.

Sunday 18 June 2017 PM - Ps Phil Cavanagh - Thrive - Part 11: Better Together
June 18, 2017 06:09 PM PDT
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The secular world well knows, as evidenced by such famous songs as, "People Need People" and phrases such as, "lonely old soul", that we need to be connected. And, of course, the Bible well records that this is God's will for us all. Ps Phil grasps this passionately to let us us know that we need other people in order to Thrive. With numerous scriptures to validate this, Ps Phil demonstrates that we are Better Together, He opens his heart to us by relating times in his life when he was alone and how that caused him to be diminished, to not be thriving. He also hilariously relates other anecdotes of how he can fail in his contribution to being together.

Society cannot exist without groups: marriage, families, schools, sporting teams, governments, businesses ..... There are three attributes that contribute to the success of being connected to a group of other people: Unity, Humility, and Love.

Ps Phil elablorates on all these as well as discussing three aspects that may hinder our own ability to belong to to a group, to be connected to people. Surely we want to be better, and we will be 'Better Together'!

Sunday 18 June 2017 AM - Ps Mark Riddell - Thrive - Part 10: Citizenship
June 17, 2017 11:53 PM PDT
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This is the next to final message in this series on Thrive: If our souls thrive then all other aspects of our beings and lives will also thrive. Citizenship of both Heaven and Earth - dual citizenship! Ps Mark shows how the story of Jacob's Ladder (Genesis 28:10-17) tells us that we are citizens of heaven and that God's House on earth is us, the church, the born again Christians, and that we are ambassadors of Christ on earth.

What are the characteristics of having dual citizenship and, especially, what are the characteristics of being an ambassador? Ps Mark refers to numerous scriptures in both Testaments to lay out what of heaven we, as ambassadors, have access to while we are still here. This is a most exciting message and the details will surely raise faith, passion and determination - a grand conclusion to Ps Mark's contribution to this series on Thrive (the last Thrive message is the PM one from Ps Phil).

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