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Turning Back

‘Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death’ (2 Corinthians 7:10).  2 Corinthians 7:8-11 There is an unsolved mystery lingering over my family. Some years ago, on a trip to the Adelaide show I had purchased an extra Bertie Beetle showbag full of chocolates for a…
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Open Door

An open door means we have access at any time.  At the death of Jesus, the curtain temple was torn in two from top to bottom.  Our guilt, shame, fear and dread have been taken away. The forgiveness we have received through Jesus means we can now come into the holy presence of God without…
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No Greater “Big Finish”

John 20:14 Easter I’m a sports nut and I love nothing better than a big finish where a team comes back from what seems certain defeat and claims victory. And there’s no greater “big finish” than Jesus on Easter Sunday! What a time for us to celebrate and rejoice. However, look at accounts of the…
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Try this. Repeat the following sentence, emphasising the word in bold each time you say it: GOD loves me God LOVES me God loves ME That is amazing, isn’t it. Take some time now to reflect on that. As you head off into your life never forget it, and always keep it with you wherever…
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“Less of Me, More of Jesus!”

From Ash Wednesday, this has often been quoted during our worship series “LESS”.  It echoes what John the Baptist said about who he was with respect to Jesus: “He must become greater; I must become less” (John 3:30 NIV). Recapping this series so far, we’ve considered: Ego-LESS, Life-LESS, Point-LESS, Relent-LESS, Sense-LESS, and Clue-LESS.  A number…
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“Hosanna!  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!”  These words from Psalm 118 are what the crowd shouted with joy as Jesus made his way into Jerusalem on a donkey. After the miracles Jesus had done in Galilee and Jerusalem, and more recently the raising of Lazarus to life after four…
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Seen and Loved

Readings: Mark 1:14-20 “As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen” ~Mark 1:16 At the very beginning of his earthly ministry, Jesus assembled the group who would become his twelve disciples. These are the ones who would spend…
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(Some Greeks) came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and requested of him, ‘Sir, we want to see Jesus.’ ~John 12:21 Our preaching text this week takes seriously this statement from Greeks – outsiders, questioners and seekers – who want to lay their eyes on Jesus. In their request of Peter, they don’t…
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Are You Ready?

Readings: Luke 6:12-26 When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles… ~Luke 6:13 Are you ready? As a follower of Jesus, He invites you to be a leader for Him, to build up His kingdom. He equips us for a life of joy, living…
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On Being A Sheep

Readings: Matthew 9:32-38 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” ~Matthew 9:37,38 Wow. For being only 6 verses, there’s a lot in this one! To start off with, we have a demon-possessed…
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