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Sunday 21 January 2018 AM - Ps Katrina Ollis - Seasons - Part 3: A Season of Love and Forgiveness
January 21, 2018 07:10 PM PST
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Last week Ps Mark bared his soul regarding some deeply personal, difficult seasons that he went through in order to grow. Inspired and encouraged by that message, Ps Katrina also opens up today. She begins with reading the Lord's Prayer to demonstrate that God is aware of all our needs. She points out that relationships are not a means to an end - they are the end. And relationships need forgiveness. And forgiveness is one the highest examples of love, unforgiveness being very unhealthy.

She testified that for almost her whole life she thought she had been operating in forgiveness on a matter only to discover just last November that she had still not really forgiven. Listen to this amazing testimony and be encouraged that, with the help of the Holy Spirit and the knowledge of God's Word, we can all break through into forgiveness. And there's an astonishing ending!

While giving her personal and recent testimony, Ps Katrina discusses the benefits of forgiveness, the difficulties faced in arriving at forgiveness, the pain of doing it ..... and the joy afterwards! Proverbs 25:21-22, Ephesians 4:32, Matthew 18 .....

Sunday 14 January 2018 AM - Ps Mark Riddell - Seasons - Part 2: You Grow Through What You Go Through
January 13, 2018 11:40 PM PST
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Ecclesiastes 3:1 "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: ....."

In this message, Ps Mark bares his heart and soul to reveal some of the Seasons he has gone through in life and how they have helped him to grow (including some deeply personal ones). There are the good ones and the bad ones .....

The Good: School days (yep!), meeting his future wife, Christine, being married, having children, knowing God .....

The Bad: discouragement and despair, anxiety and agoraphobia, burnout, losing loved ones, floods .....

But bad seasons come to an end ..... and Jesus is there with us through every season, good or bad.

Psalm 1:1-3, John 16:33, James 1:2-4, John 11:12-44 ..... all tell us that God knows us and understands how we feel when we go through the difficult seasons. And what seasons did Jesus go through when He was here in human flesh? Ps Mark shows us all this.

This message will be encouraging to everyone as we can all relate to these seasons. Don't miss it!

Sunday 7 January 2018 AM - Ps Phil Cavanagh - Seasons - Part 1: Taming the Seasons
January 07, 2018 02:38 AM PST
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Ps Phil and his wife, Jess, have been serving Citicoast for many years as Youth Leaders but are now entering into a new season, moving to the Sunshine Coast. Ps Phil will still be a Youth Leader; Jess will be studying for a Master of Education degree. Who better to start a new series on "Seasons"?

Ps Phil starts with Isaiah 55:10-11 and proceeds to discuss ambitions, dreams, visions, goals that we have for lives and advises us to become Master of One rather than attempt to do too many things at the same time. It should be something we greatly enjoy doing. He presents the classic goal-setting steps:

1. Set your Goals. (Be specific.)
2. They should be Measurable.
3. They should be Achievable.
4. They should be Realistic.
5. They should be set to a Timeline and Date.

God can equip us to manage all these (Hebrews 13:20-21). Ps Phil gives some good advice of how to go about all this. It's a New Year. We all need to grow, have goals and learn how to achieve them. This message is a good start!

Sunday 31 December 2017 AM - Michael Bowen - Reflection
December 30, 2017 09:16 PM PST
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Michael was delighted to be preaching on NYE 2017. He showed us the benefits of reflecting on the last year's events in our lives and using that to plan ahead for 2018. He actually reflected back on his own life commencing 2 years ago. At that time he jumped out of the boat of job security to walk on water by doing a Full-time certificate with Scripture Union. The bills need to be paid, don't they? God provided. See how.

And then the planning for the New year ..... Michael talks about our dreams and visions: "The distance between dreams and reality is discipline!" What will we want to do? Will our lives be purpose driven? Will we wake up determined and go to bed satisfied? Be encouraged by Michael to get the best out of your next year.

And, of course, the Bible: Matthew 24:14, Hebrews 13:8, Hebrews 12:1-2, Acts 11:22-24 & 33, Psalm 119:18 .....

Sunday 24 December 2017 AM - Ps Mark Riddell - Because of Bethlehem - Part 6: We Have Christ in Our Chaos
December 23, 2017 11:36 PM PST
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Chaos? That's not a very nice word to be using at Christmas time, is it? Well, yes, it is! Ps Mark takes us on a unique journey, using both cultural and Biblical references, to show how much suffering and chaos Mary had to go through with bearing Jesus. A pregnant, unmarried young girl in a Hebrew culture? But the presence of Jesus turned tragedy into triumph.

Ps Mark examines this chaos by reading from Matthew 1:18, then back to Matthew 1:1, as well as Colossians 1:16,17 and Psalm 11:3,4. When the foundation collapses, what can good people do? Listen and see how God is always there for us no matter what chaos we find ourselves in.

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.

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