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Sunday 17 June 2018 AM - Ps Mark Riddell - Pain Is My Friend Part 3: Strength Through Pain
June 17, 2018 12:39 AM PDT
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As we had a guest speaker last week, Ps Mark begins with a recap of Pain Is My friend, Parts 1 & 2. He then asks us to list 10 things that would make us happy. He suggests that trials would not be on the list! He suggests that, even if we were to list 1000 things that make us happy, trials would still not be on the list! Trials, tribulations, troubles, crises ..... all help us to grow and that growth enables us to be stronger. He reminds us that sickness, bills, and more, do make it difficult to be happy. But there's much more to this .....

James 1:2-5 - Joy and trials in the same sentence! Ps Mark deeply expands this scripture to show us how God has put the needed faith into us to able to confront anything. We can't escape a trial that we are meant to go through, so listen to this great message and see how we can go through trials with victory.

Sunday 10 June 2018 AM - Paul O'Rourke - Emily's List
June 09, 2018 10:44 PM PDT
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Paul O'Rourke is the CEO of Australia's "Emily's List", a Pro-Life organisation. It is determined to NOT bring condemnation to women or be involved in a "My body, My Choice"-type activism. Its vision is to support women who have found themselves with an unwanted or unexpected pregnancy. Paul begins by describing the mission of Emily's List and how it operates. He showed three short promo videos (about 20 seconds each):

- A young married couple who found themselves pregnant 'too early'.
- A young single woman who became a single mother.
- An older woman with two children who had thought she was finished with child-bearing.

All three were supported by Emily's List and all three were delighted with having their child. I have kept the soundtracks in as each person speaks their personal testimony.

Paul pointed out that 70% of women who had abortions were, in one way or another, pressured into it even though they were unwilling. In Australia, that's 80,000 children who are denied life each year. Paul had two buckets on stage, one empty and one filled with 80,000 ball bearings. We remained silent while we watched him pour the ball bearings from one bucket to the other, representing the children who have been denied life. At the same time, a video displayed children's names floating down like snowflakes. It started off with a few and built up so that 80,000 names saturated the screen. I have also left this in - perhaps you can close your eyes, listen to the ball-bearings falling, and meditate and pray during this short time of otherwise silence.

There's much more ..... Notably, there is encouragement to support women for who they are, not who we might want or expect them to be. And still more .....

This is a very powerful message. It is not just for women but also, perhaps especially, for the men in their lives.

(You can check out Emily's List at www.notbornyet.com)

Sunday 3 June 2018 AM - Ps Mark Riddell - Pain Is My Friend - Part 2: Resistance Will Confront You
June 02, 2018 11:40 PM PDT
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Ps Mark begins by reminding us of what Joseph had to go through and how he handled it. He says, "If Joseph can do it, I can do it too!" We all can ..... Well, you will be able to after this message .....

Resistance may come from a number of sources but it mainly comes from ourselves - it seems too hard, I can't do it ..... Once again, advising us to start with small efforts, Ps Mark suggests we begin by "getting out of the bed in the morning". Resistance to what we would like to do is good - it brings purpose, change, strength, capacity, resilience, and also teaches us how to rest.

Ps Mark lists four points on how we can achieve all this and elaborates on all of them. He reminds us that we will fail but ..... failing is not the end, it is a just the beginning .....

Sunday 27 May 2018 AM - Ps Mark Riddell - Pain Is My Friend - Part 1: Expanding Our Capacity
May 26, 2018 11:38 PM PDT
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Ps Mark presents us with a view of three barbell weights lined up at the front of the stage: 5 kg, 10 kg, and 20 kg. It illustrates that we need to begin with something we can manage and then build up to the tougher challenges after a while. It takes pain! Life always presents us with pain, whether we like it or not. It's how we confront it and deal with it that will bring a victory over it. Avoiding it won't work.

This pain is not always physical - it is more often a mindset that we need to overcome. The 'pain' can be sacrificing time, effort, money .....

Ps Mark walks us through the basics of the story of Joseph in Genesis chapters 37-50, showing us the pains Joseph went through and how he overcame them. He also lists some points from Joseph's story that we can apply to our own lives. We will all meet pains, we will all need this help in how to manage those times .....

Sunday 20 May 2018 AM - Ps Hugh Perry - Miracles Happen
May 20, 2018 12:22 AM PDT
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Ps Hugh begins with Revelation 3:20 "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me."

What do we do when someone comes to our home? We give it a good tidy-up and clean! We prepare for their arrival. He is asking us to prepare. Ps Hugh then leads into the story of Elisha and the axe head (including a visual demonstration). A miracle occurred. Ps Hugh discusses how we cannot do the task that God sets before us if we have lost our 'axe-head' or it's not sharpened. That 'axe-head' is the power of God within us. Have we lost it? Did we used to have it and now we don't? Don't miss this message as Ps Hugh shows us how to restore the miracle-working Power of God into our lives.

Sunday 13 May 2018 AM - Ps Christine Riddell - We Need More Bread
May 12, 2018 09:53 PM PDT
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Happy Mothers' day 2018!

Ps Christine reminds that Jesus has said, "I Am the Bread of Life". There are many references in Matthew for Jesus' and bread: 4:3, 14:13-21, 29:39, 26:26, and John 6:34,48, & 51. She also reminds us that, In Exodus 3:13-15, God said that His name was "I AM". She points out several scriptures where Jesus begins, "I AM .....". In each of these is telling the listeners that He is the same I AM, YHWH/Jehovah, that Moses met in Exodus ..... come to earth as a man. God is with us.

She explains that "I AM" means that God is incomprehensible and that we can never know his fullness. So ......

We can 'eat' of Jesus, the Bread of Life, by seeking Him, and that especially by reading the Word of God, the Bible. There is always something new and refreshing, especially when we need refreshing and uplifting. If we seek Him we will also never need to thirst. Ps Christine reads many more scriptures to assure us of this.

We all need this from time to time and usually often. Let this message guide you and encourage you into having more of Jesus.

Sunday 6 May 2018 AM - Ashleigh Latter - How Deep Is the Ocean?
May 05, 2018 11:59 PM PDT
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Ashleigh loves oceans. She begins with some fascinating facts about our oceans and what's in them. You won't believe how much gold there is in the oceans! Of course, the illustration serves to tell us just how much deeper God is. This message is about knowing God - Proverbs 2:1-2. Ashleigh also takes us into deep space. She introduces us to a video clip - don't skip this bit, as it's the audio track that counts. The stars make real music! All the earth can praise God.

How to know the depth of God more:

1. Less about knowing more and more about seeing more.
Look around and see God: Romans 1:19-20, Psalm 19:1-4, Proverbs 3:19-20.

2, Less about intellect, more about dialect.
Talk to God: 1 Kings 3:9, Luke 11:52, Proverbs 18:15.

3. Less about exploring God, more about exploring me.
Because, when we are born again God dwells within us: Philippians 1:6, Colossians 2:13.

The worship team takes us out by joining in with the music of the stars and whales .....

Sunday 29 April 2018 AM - Ps Mark Riddell - How To Stop Being Stupid
April 29, 2018 02:53 AM PDT
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Ps Mark begins with a quick recap of last week's "Expand Your Capacity - There Is More In You". He points out that many of us have a ceiling in our life that holds us down and that we cannot break through it ..... yet. That can be a good thing as a resistance against us can cause us to take actions that will cause an increase in our capacity, strength, and change. What kinds of actions? Ps Mark elaborates at length on:

1. Choose to listen to the right people/wise people.
2. Choose to walk with the right people/wise people.

Ps Mark examines numerous verses from Proverbs that warn us about wrong company and listening to wrong things. Sociologists are saying that we are the sum total of the five most meaningful relationships in our life? Who are mine? Who are yours?

This is an insightful look at how we can break through our 'ceiling' and grow to be who God created us to be.

Sunday 22 April 2018 AM - Ps Mark Riddell - Expand Your Capacity - There Is More In You
April 22, 2018 03:07 AM PDT
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Ps Mark starts by discussing long distance running and the concept of 'hitting the wall'. This occurs around 40km but ..... at that time you have only used up 60% of your ability. There is more in you! You need to Expand Your Capacity in order to fulfil what Gods wants you to do.

Ps Mark describes some negative aspects of not being able to achieve your full capacity. he leads on to Matthew 15:29-37, the feeding of the 4000, and Luke 9:12-14, the feeding of the 4000. These describe what happens when we expand our capacity. Ps Mark lists three aspects of your growth you need to be able to Expand Your Capacity:

1. Expand your circle: compassion, concern, responsibility.
Who do you actually care about? How large is your circle of compassion and concern? How deep are you?

2. Own what you have.

3. Stop living for yourself and start living for others.

Apart from all the great help and advice, this message has a really exciting ending ..... don't miss it! All Biblical, too!

Sunday 15 April 2018 AM - Ps Hugh Perry - Lightning Rod
April 15, 2018 12:16 AM PDT
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Today Ps Hugh discusses the Presence and Power of God. God is omnipresent ..... but there are times when He just Turns Up! We can be a Lightning Rod to draw that presence and power into our lives. Ps Hugh commences with the story of Moses and the Burning Bush (Exodus 3:1-17). Moses was directly in the presence of God. That encounter changed not only Moses' life but that of a whole nation. Ps Hugh shows us the pathway that allows us to enter that presence, beginning with a full heart grasp of God's grace.

Scriptures: Exodus 33:12-23, Isaiah 6:1-8, Hebrews 10:19-22. Ps Hugh shows us how these can encourage us to boldy enter into the presence of God. Isn't that what we all long for?

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