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Sunday 17 December 2017 AM - Ps Danny Ollis - Because of Bethlehem - Part 5: The Spirit of Christmas
December 17, 2017 01:50 AM PST
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..... and all the Fruits of the Holy Spirit, each of them on display at the first Christmas, the birth of Jesus. Ps Danny refers to the Christmas Story as shown in Luke and Matthew and how the Fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) all occur at Christmas. He then reminds us that those same fruits are in all born-again Christians wherever we go ..... especially at Christmas. It is the one time of the year when the whole community is susceptible to the presence of the Holy Spirit in us.

Be inspired to carry Jesus wherever you are at Christmas time.

Sunday 10 December 2017 AM - Ps Mark Riddell - Because of Bethlehem - Part 4: Jesus Invites Us
December 10, 2017 01:52 AM PST
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Ps Mark warmed us up by asking us to think, on a scale of 1-10, of how Christmafied we all were! Yep, he invented a new word. Those in the 8-10 region won - most of the congregation were all excited about Christmas and really looking forward to it.

The next strange word Ps Mark was 'Refidex', a QLD only word, and completely unknown to the rest of Australia! It's basically a Street Directory. And, if we don't follow it properly, we can miss our Exit on the expressway ..... An illustration that, in life, we can miss an opportunity .....

And then on to Luke 2: 11-17 where the innkeeper misses the opportunity of a lifetime by not making room for the newborn King of Creation. He didn't invite them in!

And then on to Revelation 3:20 to see how Jesus Invites Us. Will we make room for Him? .....

Sunday 3 December 2017 AM - Ps Mark Riddell - Because of Bethlehem - Part 3: God 'Gets' Us
December 02, 2017 11:36 PM PST
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God 'gets' us? Yep .... God fully understands everything about us: our emotions, our fears, our hungers, our strengths, our weaknesses ..... the totality of our humanity! How is this so? Ps Mark reminds us that Jesus was born fully human, just as we all are. What we are like, he was like. Further, He was also fully God (for example Hebrews 1:3 and John 14:9). God with us! God is with us ..... Jesus is with us ..... with our weeping, with our fears, with our rejoicing, with every aspect of our lives. And He moves mountains on our behalf.

(At this point in the message, Ps Mark recalls the Worship Team to sing "Mover of Mountains". This song is now appended to the end of the message instead of at this point, so as to allow continuity of the message).

Ps Mark then introduces Luke 2:8-18 - the shepherds, and the angels praising and worshipping God. The Power of Praise! In our own lives. Helping us move mountains. Ps Mark lists benefits of praising and worshipping, focussing on our personal growth, adjusting our perspectives, bringing us peace (as the angels sang), evaluating our priorities .....

We all need this encouragement ..... Let us praise!

Sunday 26 November 2017 AM - Ps Hugh Perry - Because of Bethlehem - Part 2: The Start of Something New
November 25, 2017 11:49 PM PST
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Ps Hugh begins by reading the very last words of Malachi ..... and then there's silence ..... That was to demonstrate that there was a 400 year period of silence between the end of the Old Testament and the beginning of the New Testament. i.e. a period where prophets were silent!

Then there were a number of prophetic utterances and events to herald the birth of Jesus and the first Christmas. We are all familiar with the shepherds and the wise men ..... but what about Simeon? Who? Simeon! He had been waiting for the leading of the Holy Spirit for many years to make a stunning proclamation, one which could not have been made without the miraculous leading of the Holy Spirit.

How might the Holy Spirit lead us? Ps Hugh calls up his wife, Chris, to help with a visual demonstration. As you can only listen, here is what was seen:

- pushing a person
- pulling a person
- walking along side-by-side with a person

Ps Hugh encourages us to daily walk alongside with the Holy Spirit so that we can also be led.

Not only that ..... It was not only at the first Christmas that there was a Start of Something New. When God can trust a person to hear and obey His voice then something new can still occur. Ps Hugh gives the example of Ps William Seymour who astonishingly heard God's voice and which led to the Azusa Street Revival which was the start of the new, worldwide Pentecostal movement. This is a tale not to be missed!

And what about us? .....

Sunday 19 November 2017 AM - Ps Mark Riddell - Because of Bethlehem - Part 1: We Have a Saviour
November 18, 2017 11:45 PM PST
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Today an end and a beginning ..... The end of the school year for HSC graduates and their formals for Years 10 and 12. The beginning of a new pre-Christmas series - Because of Bethlehem we have a Saviour. From sin, of course. Ps Mark hilariously combines the two by openly confessing his sins as a high school student. And he was an A student! (Not the kind of A you're thinking of!).

Getting serious, Ps Mark reminds us that sin comes naturally to us - even infants don't need to be taught how to sin. It's all about self.

The name Jesus in Hebrew is Yah-SHU-ah and the meaning of that is 'God saves'. How does God save us? Ps Mark works through a number of scriptures to show us that God is in Jesus and Jesus is God. And, if we are born again, Jesus is in us and we can exchange our sin nature for His nature.

Sunday 12 November 2017 AM - Ps Phil Cavanagh - The Greatest Message Never Preached
November 12, 2017 01:48 AM PST
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Challenging title, eh? Now you'll have to listen to see if it really is ..... winking

Ps Phil is on a roll with this message. He frankly opens up about a number of incidents in his life that are related to his theme for today's message and has also injected some humour into that.

He commences with asking us why we do what we do. For example, why preach a message at church every Sunday? There's much power in his answer to that. He then proceeds to 1 Corinthians 4:21 "What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a rod of discipline, or shall I come in love and with a gentle spirit?"

So often it easy to lose our cool, allow our buttons to be pushed, get angry, and come with a rod. Anyone out there who's never been guilty of that? Ps Phil encourages to be better at achieving gentleness with some examples of Biblical greats ..... David, Jesus, and Paul. And the scriptures describing how they could have come with a rod but instead came with gentleness .....

Sunday 5 November 2017 AM - Ps Mark Riddell - Spiritual Maturity - Part 3: Wilder Waters - Make a House a Home
November 05, 2017 10:54 PM PST
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Today Ps Mark ties together the last two Parts of this series and follows up with this new topic. He describes how it was for him to be a child and also how it was for his own children. Life was good and easy! But the parents could not allow it to remain that way .....

1 Corinthians 13:11 - "When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things."

This requires responsibility ..... then, as adults we receive the Blessing of the House. We all need to be in that place. We might find ourselves in those Deeper Waters where we can't touch the bottom and must trust God!

Ps Mark then elaborates as to how this also applies to the House of God. e.g. Psalm 84:1-4. We need to be planted and sink deep roots in order to flourish and grow fruit.

Be enouraged by listening to this message and discover what your part is as an 'adult' (mature Christian of any age) in the House of God.

Sunday 29 October 2017 AM - Ps Mark Riddell - Spiritual Maturity - Part 2: Wilder Waters - Leading the Way
October 28, 2017 11:50 PM PDT
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Happy 39th Birthday, Citicoast Church! Yep, poppers, party favors ..... plus cake and a Family Picnic (with a Water Baptism).

Ps Marks reminds us of last week's message on going Deeper with God, so deep that we can't touch bottom and we must rely on Him. Today he asks how that depth (Spiritual Maturity) might lead us to be selected by God to do mighty things. How does God do that? Using 1 Chronicles 11: 15-17 Ps Mark aptly shows how this story of King David in the Cave of Adullam illustrates the qualities required for us to be used mightily by God. Only three out of thirty mighty men of valour were chosen! What did they do? .....

- They showed up.
- They moved to the front lines.
- They did what was unexpected.
- They acted without being asked.
- They did they the impossible! (Which then became possible).

Ps Mark expands on all of these points so that we can all be encouraged to trust God as The Three did.

Sunday 22 October 2017 AM - Ps Mark Riddell - Spiritual Maturity - Part 1: Wilder Waters - Into the Deep
October 22, 2017 01:50 AM PDT
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Ps Mark introduces this message by warning us that we are about to be confronted and challenged. He wanted us to have an honest, internal conversation with God, and to consider the question, "How deep am I, spiritually?"

Reading from Ezekiel chapter 47, we follow Ezekiel as a 'man' takes him on a journey along a trickle of water coming from the altar in the Temple. Ezekiel gets deeper and deeper and Ps Mark shows us how this relates to how deep we are with God:

1. Ankle Deep: shallow. Ps Mark reads the dictionary definition of what it means to be shallow. Don't miss this! After you listen, you will never want to be shallow.

2. Knee Deep: More spiritual but still easy to walk in it. And easy to back out if we want to .....

3. Waist Deep: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly! We are growing in God. The undercurrent can sweep us away! We can lose control. If we go any further we must learn how to swim. We might panic and not want to go deeper. It's the place where trust grows, trust in God when we think we might not capable when in our own strength. What decision(s) will we make at this depth?

4. Too Deep: We either trust God or get swept away. But God wants us to remain in the Deep. How can we do that?

Ps Mark expands much more on each of those points above, describing what dangers there are at each depth and how we can successfully manage being there.

And the River! What an amazing river it is! Listen and be thrilled and also learn your own place with it.

Sunday 15 October 2017 AM - Ps Greg Biddell - Bless, and Curse Not
October 14, 2017 11:54 PM PDT
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Ps Greg and Sue Biddell have been in ministry since 1966 and have served as missionaries, pastors, and teachers. They now travel extensively throughout Australia as itinerant ministers. Their desire is to teach the Word of God in a practical way, to help us be victorious, to live in health, and receive the blessings of God for families, church, and business life.

Greg has written and published over thirty-five Books, CD's and Charts, which will inspire us to move deeper into God's Word.

Ps Greg's aim is to help us take hold of The Word and bring it into our lives. He commences with Deuteronomy 28, the chapter with a list of great blessings. He points out to us that a gift requires nothing in return but blessings are ..... contractual. The blessing will come IF we .....

The secret of blessings is to bless others, requiring nothing in return - a heart matter. But there will be something in return. That's how God operates. This can be done by giving of finances. It can be done by blessing people every day wherever we meet them. It doesn't have to be only with money - there are numerous ways we can do that. One way is that can we pray a prayer of blessing without even leaving home, or when walking or driving around. Ps Greg has experienced some astounding return blessings by practising blessing others.

He also tells us how words can can destroy. He humbly relates some situations where his negative, cursing speech was returned with some tragic circumstances.

Let's get this right! We all need to. We need to train ourselves to speak positively, to bless, and to curse not. Listen and allow Greg to teach you and inspire you to live better by applying the scriptures into your daily lives.

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