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Sunday 15 July 2018 AM - Ps Katrina Ollis - The Power Of Your Word And Conviction
July 14, 2018 11:16 PM PDT
The congregation watched as Ps Katrina walked up the steps on one side of the stage while on the other side someone carried up onto the stage ..... a full-sized human skeleton (plastic replica, of course)! What's going on here? Some powerful motivation and encouragement, that's what!
Ps Katrina was speaking on Ezekiel 37:1-14, "The Valley of Dry Bones". God asked Ezekiel to speak to the dry bones. When he obeyed God, the bones gained flesh and became whole men. After that, God told Ezekiel to prophesy again to give them breath. They then had life and became an army. After showing us an amazing video illustrating this (from YouTube), Ps Katrina then mentioned some of the valleys of dry bones that we have in our lives: marriage, relationships, financial, dreams, ministry ..... And how they may no longer have life for us.
Because of our disappointments and discouragements, we want to bury these things but God wants us to resurrect them. We need to prophesy over them and breath life into them. What kind of breath do we have? .....
1. Will our breath be toxic?
We all need this message. Listen as Ps Katrina expands on these problems we may face and always remember this ..... If we speak life into them, it is God who does the miracles.Sunday 8 July 2018 AM - Ps Danny Ollis - What Is In Your Hand?
July 08, 2018 03:24 AM PDT
This is a great message! Ps Danny starts by saying that he is preaching from what he's currently going through ..... and that it's likely that many others might be going through the same. It's true! The devil is always trying to dissuade us from what God wants us to do or be. He makes us feel inadequate or too broke, or too unskilled or not courageous enough .....
Based on Exodus 4:2-4, Ps Danny asks us, "What Is In Your Hand?", just as God asked Moses. And when God asked Moses to throw his rod on the ground, it turned into a serpent. Moses was then afraid to pick it up. Ps Danny points out that God has given us all something - a 'rod' - no matter what that is or how insignificant that might seem to us. In our frustration or discouragement, we may then throw that down on the ground ..... and be afraid to pick it up again.
Listen and be inspired and encouraged by Ps Danny to fear not and to pick up that gifting that God has given you and move on with it. Amen!Sunday 1 July 2018 AM - Ps Hugh Perry - Music and Worship
July 01, 2018 03:49 AM PDT
Ps Hugh begins by asking the congregation to form small groups and say how many names of Jesus that can recall from both the Old Testament and the New Testament. The purpose ..... to see how excellent and wonderful Jesus is that He is worthy of much praise and worship. And that is assisted by the music. Ps Hugh affirms that the music and songs are not worship in themselves - worship comes out of our spirits when we have become born again.
Ps Hugh reads through Revelation 5:6-14 - the heavenly host of resurrected saints praise and worship God in a mighty way. Then, Luke 19:36-40, part of which says that, if we don't worship God, then the stones will. who wants to be supplanted by a stone?
With many other illustrations on worship, the result was that the congregation was greatly encouraged by Ps Hugh and there was a mighty worship session at the end of the message. Listen and be set free to join in .....Sunday 24 June 2018 AM - Ps Mark Riddell - Pain Is My Friend - Part 4: I've Got a Compass!
June 23, 2018 11:33 PM PDT
Ps Mark commences with a quick recap of the last sessions in this series, pointing out that he has previously used visual aids to remind us that we are all on a journey. And that God is our source in everything. Can we trust Him for all that 'everything'? Matthew 4:1-4 shows us that Jesus did. After 40 days of fasting, Jesus was at His most vulnerable at the time of being tempted .... just as we will likely be at our times of trials and pain. Jesus' reply was, "It is written .....".
How will we navigate our journey and survive it? As with Jesus, we need to memorise the Bible and be able to quote it. The Bible is our compass! But it's not the same as having a map. Pay attention to this message, as we will all have trials and temptations as Jesus did. Listen to Ps Mark as he explains the difference between having a compass and having a map. We all have the Bible - we all have a compass!Sunday 17 June 2018 AM - Ps Mark Riddell - Pain Is My Friend Part 3: Strength Through Pain
June 17, 2018 12:39 AM PDT
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
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'.
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
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
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
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
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.
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