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Sunday 18 February 2018 AM - Ashleigh Latter - Seasons - Part 7: Season-to-Season
February 18, 2018 03:14 AM PST
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Ashleigh is the Citicoast Youth Leader. She is a dynamic young woman who is truly passionate for God, for youth, for Citicoast Church, and for people. Especially for them to get to know God and grow in Him and get the best out of their lives.

So far in this series, we have seen that there are seasons that might give us some grief but we still need to hang on during those. Ps Mark pointed out that we need Jesus as an anchor during those times. Ashleigh directly follows on from that by reminding us that we need to think and speak positively and declare God's word every day and especially when things are tough. Throughout every season God is faithful. There is power in the Word. What comes out of our mouths? Best is that we declare the following:

1. Declare steadfastness.
2. Declare commitment.
3. Declare God-change.
4. Declare His goodness.

And all these scriptures, too: Matthew 21:21, James 3:17, hebrews 3:14, 1 Peter 5:8-11, Romans 12:1-2, 1 Corinthians 15, Psalm 136, Psalm 139 and more .....

Listen as Ashleigh expands on these thoughts and then allow the power of the scriptures to enable them to strengthen us in all seasons.

Sunday 11 February 2018 AM - Ps Mark Riddell - Seasons - Part 6: Prayer In Our Seasons
February 10, 2018 11:37 PM PST
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Ecclesiastes 3:1 "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: ....." - Especially prayer!

Ps Mark has a new visual aid this week - a boat anchor! Not like the tyre of the last two messages - that represented a season which was holding us back. The anchor keeps us steady when storms hit.

After a quick recap of the last few messages, Ps Mark discusses consistency in prayer, opportunities for prayer, the life power that prayer brings, and the fruit that prayer brings. Some of the different kinds of prayer are:

1. Mountain moving prayers (Matthew 17:20).
2. As long as it takes prayers (Luke 18: 1-5).
3. My God can but even if He doesn't ..... (Daniel 3:16-18, 1 Corinthians 15:55-57).
4. Blessing, not cursing (Romans 12:14 and 17-21).
5. According to God's will (1 John 5:14-15, Colossians 1:9-14)

Ps Mark elaborates on all of these with some encouraging real-life testimonies.

Sunday 04 February 2018 AM - Ps Mark Riddell - Seasons - Part 5: Anchoring Ourselves To Jesus
February 04, 2018 02:11 AM PST
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The truck tyre is back! Last week Ps Mark hitched a huge truck tyre to his belt to point out that dragging such a heavy weight behind us everywhere is like dragging an old Season behind us. Not good at all! Ps Mark uses the same tyre to recap last week's message because it leads directly into today's message. And more .....

Today the truck tyre is weighed down with bricks! These represent all the negative thoughts and actions that we might indulge in during a bad Season. Those negatives can also include people. If we focus on the negatives they will grow and the weight we are pulling behind will increase. Not to fear ..... Ps Mark discusses all the negative things and how to focus on positive things instead. Bible scriptures are presented that clearly warn us, advise us, and then they provide the solution for us.

Sunday 28 January 2018 AM - Ps Mark Riddell - Seasons - Part 4: Worship In Every Season
January 27, 2018 09:15 PM PST
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Following his introduction to today's message from Ecclesiastes 3:1, Ps Mark accesses a visual aid (short pause .... some scuffling and grunts .....). He's back! He has strapped on a huge bushman's belt and it is cabled to a huge truck tyre. For the first part of the message, Ps Mark walks left and right across the stage and back pulling this heavy tyre. He lets us know that it's not good to allow an old season to drag us down and hold us back.

Yes, there are good seasons and bad seasons ..... Some are quite heavy. They are when we need to worship God the most. Worship will sever the burden we're dragging. But we don't feel like it right then! Ps Mark refers to numerous scriptures from the Psalms about David and also from the book of Job. Both of these mighty men of God suffered and, during those sufferings, could not see God, could not feel Him and wondered where God was. Dark seasons (sometimes called the Ministry of the Night).

Follow Ps Mark as he shows us how to worship God in spite of our feelings and how to keep our eyes on all the marvellous aspects of God instead. We are allowed to tell God exactly how we are feeling, to let it all out. He is always with us. Be set free to worship Him in all seasons.

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.

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