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Sunday 22 April 2018 AM - Ps Mark Riddell - Expand Your Capacity - There Is More In You
April 22, 2018 03:07 AM PDT
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.
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
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?Sunday 8 April 2018 AM - Michael Bowen - When God Sends You ..... Success or Failure?
April 07, 2018 11:42 PM PDT
In this message Michael carries out an exegesis on the stories Gideon and Jonah:
- They were called by God to be sent out.
We all want to obey God. Listen and be encouraged by the great stories of Bible heroes and Michael's enthusiastic presentation.Sunday 1 April 2018 AM - Ps Mark Riddell - This Is Amazing Grace - Part 5: God's Love Pursues
April 01, 2018 02:50 AM PDT
Happy Easter! This message is a great choice to end this series with. There are usually visitors who may only attend at Easter and they get an opportunity to hear the Gospel in a nutshell. Ps Mark begins with 1 John 4: 8-10 "..... God is love. This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins." This is what Easter is all about! Then John 3:16 .....
"16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."
Ps Mark subtly points out that this verse starts with God and ends up with us. The middle bit is Jesus - Jesus is the bridge between us and God! Ps Mark then covers a number of aspects of all this, including .....
- God's love is high, wide and deep (Ephesians 3:18-19)
This is a great Gospel message that we can use for family and friends, succinct and to the point ..... and anointed.Sunday 25 April 2018 AM - Michael Bowen - This Is Amazing Grace - Part 4: The Throne of Grace
March 25, 2018 04:26 AM PDT
Palm Sunday! One week to Easter! Michael commences by reading Luke 19:34-on to remind us of several aspects of Palm Sunday. Only a short time before, Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead. He wept over Jerusalem. There were many other miracles - God's grace everywhere. God's undeserved favour towards mankind. We all need it, we can't earn it, it's freely given, and is abundant.
Then on to Psalm 89:14, The Throne of Grace! From the Hebrews in the wilderness to Jesus' first miracle of turning water into wine and then on, Michael shows us that God's grace is everywhere and that it is motivated by love. Listen to see how God's grace has an effect on us all day, every day .....Sunday 18 March 2018 AM - Ps Katrina Ollis - This Is Amazing Grace - Part 3: How To Provision Our Hearts
March 18, 2018 12:03 AM PDT
The full Title this week is actually "How to Provision Our Hearts Ready to Receive God's Amazing Grace". Sometimes God's grace is there but we miss it. Ps Katrina leads us through some real-life testimonies and some biblical testimonies of how it is sometimes difficult to receive God's grace because of the dreadful circumstances that we are going through.
Ps Katrina begins with testimonies from her own life. Notably, how she 'lost' her four-week-old daughter three times! Yep! But God's grace was upon the situation each time.
Next is the testimony of a very romantic meeting, marriage, and life that suddenly turned to tragedy. The scriptures were always there for support no matter what the situation. And God's grace was available.
Next, we hear some different aspects of the well-known story from John 11 regarding Lazarus, Martha, and Mary. Ps Katrina well demonstrates how God does things in his own time in order to deliver his Amazing Grace. Throughout all this, the key is to continue to believe in Jesus no matter what.
Be encouraged by these testimonies and this great message.Sunday 11 March 2018 AM - Ps Hugh Perry - This Is Amazing Grace - Part 2: They Are Not Like Us But .....
March 11, 2018 04:04 PM PDT
Ps Hugh begins with a quick testimony of how he was saved and immediately joined a Connect Group. It changed his whole life, him never looking back. He then discusses how the Presence of God can cause amazing things to happen, using the dedication of Solomon's Temple from 2 Chronicles 7 to illustrate the mighty Power and Presence of God on that occasion. And what about the Presence of God in these following examples? .....
Acts 26:1-19, the story of Saul's conversion. These things we know about that:
- Saul was a Jew who was highly educated in the Scriptures (Old Testament).
Now re-read the above with the following substitutions .....
Saul = Rashid; Jew = Muslim; Old Testament = Koran ..... Yes, indeed, a true story (with all the names of the real people) of a Saul-like perfect parallel! Ps Hugh also mentions some other similar conversions. They all have something in common:
- They did NOT deserve God's attention.
Listen and see how Ps Hugh continues the message and how we can react better to people we might otherwise judge and dismiss. God's Amazing Grace!Sunday 4 March 2018 AM - Chris Shadbolt - To The Nations
March 04, 2018 02:13 AM PST
"To The Nations" is Chris Shadbolt's international missions ministry. Chris begins the message with his testimony ..... 21 years ago God called Chris, an Australian, by using Matthew 4:19. In an instant, both Chris and his whole life were transformed. One year later he was in Africa and has never left. God has also spoken plainly and specifically to Chris with Luke 5:8-11 and Isaiah 6:5-8. He has been living permanently in Zambia, Africa, for 20 years, 19 of which he has been in full-time ministry. He currently oversees missions in 5 African countries and wants to soon expand it to 7. It is not for the faint-hearted!
Chris describes numerous testimonies of life and its challenges and trials in the village where he lives and elsewhere, speaking while displaying many photos:
- Mountains of clothes, shoes, blankets and so on, all donated by Australians.
Chris bares his soul and describes how, last year, he thought that he had been used up and was of no more value there and he was going to quit. Listen and see how God has done all this and how He will continue to do so. With Chris, not without him .....Sunday 25 February 2018 AM - Ps Mark Riddell - This is Amazing Grace - Part 1: Atonement
February 25, 2018 01:50 AM PST
(This new series will take us up to Easter).
Atonement ..... Redemption ..... Grace ..... All these religious terms! What do they all mean?
Ps Mark commences with some testimonies of how we, as parents, continually offer grace to our children when they're very young, without even considering what the meaning is. When they're naughty and too young, we let them off when they don't deserve it. He also mentions a time when he was an adult and got himself into trouble and wished some grace could have been offered to him.
Then some definitions ..... We can soon see that we are sinners and don't deserve to be excused from the punishment for our sins. Comparing the Old Testament scriptures of atonement, redemption, and grace with the equivalent New Testament scriptures, we see that the perfectly pure Man that Jesus was, completely matches the sacrificial animals of the past but with one exception ..... In the OT there were continual sacrifices; in the NT, because Jesus was God in the flesh, the sacrifice for sin was applied only once and lasts forever.
Listen as Ps Mark expands on all that, especially with the graphic description of exactly what happened to Jesus on the cross. Using 21 scriptures, Ps Mark gives us something to vividly remember.Sunday 18 February 2018 AM - Ashleigh Latter - Seasons - Part 7: Season-to-Season
February 18, 2018 03:14 AM PST
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.
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.
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