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Stay Put

After the resurrected Jesus appears to the disciples, they are filled with ‘amazement, disbelief and joy.’ (Luke 24:40) Jesus enters their midst and engages them in the newest reality that death has no power over the world. Returning to physical life will be a new change! In their excitement, in their disbelief and joy, Jesus…
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Stay Secure

To be a servant in the ancient world was taxing and often frustrating. At the whim of the master, the servant must drop everything in order to serve the master’s desires. Whether preparing food, cleaning up, taking care of guests, the servant was commanded to do this without question. To be a disciple of a…
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Stay With Me

I am the vine and you are the branches. I think I’ve repeated that mantra thousands of times throughout my life. Jesus is the vine, we are the branches and we’re supposed to produce fruit – and lots of it. Yet, when I prepared for this week, I realised that I had been incorrectly repeating…
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Open Ears

Has someone ever said to you: “You’re just not listening to me!”  What was their tone of voice?  What moved them to say that?  How did you respond? To be heard and understood is one of the greatest gifts we can receive; and one of the greatest gifts we can give.  It is how we…
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Open Eyes

There’s a delightful story in the Old Testament where God opens a person’s eyes to see what he was doing. The king of Aram was upset that the King of Israel seemed to pre-empt his every attacking move: This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, “Tell me! Which…
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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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“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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(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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Relentless. There are a bunch of similar words or phrases that capture the idea, e.g. tenacious, obstinate, stubborn, determined, persistent, never giving up. In 1 Cor. 13, Paul describes God’s love (agape) as relentless:  ‘It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails’ (1 Corinthians 13:7-8a NIV). In the Psalms, we often…
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