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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.Sunday 11 February 2018 AM - Ps Mark Riddell - Seasons - Part 6: Prayer In Our Seasons
February 10, 2018 11:37 PM PST
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).
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
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
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
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
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!
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