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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.

Sunday 01 October 2017 AM - Ps Hugh Perry - Do You Know God?
October 01, 2017 03:34 AM PDT
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As you likely realise, Ps Hugh had prepared his message through the week as is the custom with all preachers (most of the time anyway!). He chose the topic "Do you know God?" to point out to us all that we need to not just know about Him, but to know who He is, what He's like, what kind of character He has, How He acts, and so on. He said that, apart from knowing about Him, we also need to personally experience Him in some way in each of our lives. And so .....

There was a national youth camp held in QLD for 3 days last week and a busload of youth went from Citicoast church. There were about a 1000 youth from all over the place attending. Before Ps Hugh preached, 8 of them got up and gave a testimony. Every one of them told how they didn't really know if God was real or if they really believed in Him. They said, one by one, how at different times during the camp they experienced God's presence, passed out on the floor (or in the bus coming home), were filled with the Holy Spirit and started praying tongues, and more ..... Exactly Ps Hugh's message topic!

Now, that has to be the most amazing, unplanned introduction that any pastor would want to have. Was it a coincidence or did God organise that? Not only that but the p.a. operators only ever record the preaching message and nothing that goes before it. Except for today - every one of the youth testimonies were recorded. Because of that, this week's podcast contains those testimonies appended to the end of the preaching.

If you know about God but don't really know Him ..... definitely listen to this message. And check out what God is doing in people's lives. He can do it in yours, too.

Sunday 25 September 2017 AM - Ps Hugh Perry - How Deep Are Your Roots?
September 24, 2017 05:30 PM PDT
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Ps Hugh starts in a different way. He displayed a slide with several Bible characters on it: Jonah, Rahab, Samson, Peter, and John Mark. He then asked the congregation to say what first comes to their minds about the people. Some results below:

Jonah: Swallowed by a large fish, disobeyed God .....
Rahab: Whore, prostitute .....
Samson: Married a Philistine, was blinded, pulled in a temple over his head .....
Peter: Betrayed Jesus 3 times .....
John Mark: Young and immature, abandoned Paul .....

Ps Hugh then points out that we are all prone to looking at the negative aspects of people and life events. Guilty! He then describes all the amazing and positive things that each of those Bible heroes did. Why do we tend to focus on the negative?

There are numerous scriptures that reveal why we will be negative. In one way or another, they all relate to what roots we have. What do we allow into our eyes and ears? What company do we keep? Do we have shallow roots or healthy, deep roots in our souls?

Don't miss this message and all the scriptures that Ps Hugh refers to. And ..... a bonus ..... he tells us how to cultivate those healthy, deep roots.

Sunday 17 September 2017 AM - Kingdom Principles
September 17, 2017 03:40 AM PDT
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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.
2. A Kingdom has a Territory.
3. A Kingdom has a Constitution.
4. A Kingdom needs Citizens.
5. A Kingdom has Laws.
6. A Kingdom needs an Army.
7. A Kingdom has Security.
8. A Kingdom has a Culture.

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
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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.

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