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Abraham—Man of Faith?

Abraham the man of faith failed to trust God on many occasions, yet God remained faithful to his promise. We also struggle to believe at times, but God still remains faithful to his promises to us. Pastor Steen Olsen Bible Readings: Romans 4:18-25 (NLT) Please check the website www.paravista.org.au for podcasts and video archives of weekly messages…
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Jesus Is Driven into The Wilderness—So Too Are We!

If the temptation of Jesus was not real—if the wilderness that Jesus entered was not dangerous—then this story in Marks Gospel means absolutely nothing for you and me! A problem for many Christians is that they don’t take the temptation of Jesus seriously—they don’t want to believe that it actually happened—or believe that sin was…
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What Great Clothes

The idea is that God has given us great clothes, a “suit of Salvation” and a “robe of Righteousness”. These are beautiful clothes, and God tells us to put these wonderful clothes on each morning, and to wear them with pride. Pastor Paul Fielke Bible Readings: Isaiah 61:10,11 (NLT), Colossians 3:12-14 (GNT) Please check the…
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What to do when (your) Moses dies!

Ok, so maybe you don’t personally know a “Moses” who has recently passed away, but maybe you’ve lost an important leader, or you are the “newly elected leader” of your “tribe”, or you are on the precipice of some massive life changes and are unsure of what lies ahead for yourself or your family, and…
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Dealing with Hecklers

Mark 1:21-28 “Dealing with hecklers: How to respond to people who react negatively to your Christian witness and lifestyle.” Do people sometimes have a go at you for your faith in Jesus?  In today’s Gospel we see Jesus responding to a demonic heckler with authority and grace.  There are lessons from this for us too. …
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Life In God’s Kingdom

Today we’re looking at “Life in God’s Kingdom”. It’s so expansive. Every parable Jesus taught, every challenge he issued, every invitation he gave, every rebuke he uttered, every touch he delivered, every miracle he effected, every law he reinterpreted, every outcast he welcomed, every community he transformed, every blessing he conveyed, every life he changed,…
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Knowing Jesus

In the Gospel of John, there is a wonderful story about one man’s spiritual journey—he went from making a sarcastic comment about Jesus being a “nowhere man” from a “nowhere town” to having an encounter with Jesus that changed his life. The man’s name is Nathanael. When he met Jesus, he met his own deepest…
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God’s Gift At Christmas!!

Christmas Eve (9.30am service) Is this just another Christmas? It is easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of busyness as we prepare for our celebrations… and become jaded, even disillusioned… losing sight of the wonder, the peace and the joy of what Christmas is all about… What if we took some moments to…
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Unlocking The Potential In Others

John the Baptist was so popular that people asked if he was the Christ. His humble and powerful denial points away from himself and on to Jesus. Just think of the potential we can unlock in others when we deflect from ourselves and release them. You get to experience one of the greatest thrills in…
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Passing On What Is Most Important

The most significant gift each of us receives is not the presents but God’s presence. Jesus is Immanuel, which means “God with us”. He comes to show us the fullness of Father God’s heart toward us. Being present with others is also the most profound way we can share Jesus’ presence with others. In the message,…
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