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DOING LIFE … WITH GOD or WITHOUT GOD

DOING LIFE … WITH GOD or WITHOUT GOD

Today we celebrate a change point in our Preschool Community. Our much loved and respected Preschool Director, Julie Irving, is moving to Sydney to support her husband, Ron, in their next ministry adventure in West Pennant Hills. We will be talking about choices during the Celebration Service. As Joshua, in the Old Testament, chose to follow the Lord, so we will be encouraged to follow God today. As we face our struggles, as we learn through life’s journey, we can face them with God or without God. We choose “with God”. This......

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Waiting Eagerly

Waiting Eagerly

I remember the excitement of Christmas Eve. I eagerly looked forward to the next day. I loved the presents. I loved the lunch. I also knew when it would happen, Christmas Day not before. I eagerly waited. Today’s passage from Romans 8 reminds us that our present world and lives would have their share of frustrations and suffering. Paul helps us place these in the context of a broken world that God will restore. He raises our hopes to the incomparably wonderful future. He also reminds us that God will help us......

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The Lost Art Of Fathering

The Lost Art Of Fathering

My son grew up watching The Simpsons. I hated the idea that he thought I was somehow like Homer Simpson. The media seems to portray fathers as fairly “boof-headed” and better to laugh at than to listen to. Where do we find the role model for fathering? God, our Heavenly Father, is the best example of positive parenthood.  Jesus gives us some insight in Luke 15 in the so-called story of the prodigal son. In that story it is the father who is the hero. We seem the Father go out to......

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Dream Dreams

Dream Dreams

New figures reveal that the Horsley-Kembla Grange suburbs are the fastest growing in the Illawarra (5.1% p.a.) and is the second fastest in all of regional NSW. Also the Fowler’s road overpass project now has a successful tender. God has placed us in an extraordinary position and is bringing a slab of Australians into our sphere of influence. The Apostle Peter preached (Acts 2:16 17), “Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.” It is time for us to reinvigorate the great......

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Hanging In

Hanging In

Our community seems to be beset by business. There are so many options for things to do, and work seems to require availability of hours that destroy patterns and routines. Often we feel squeezed to have time to just enjoy relationship and “chill out”. My observation is that our spiritual life is high on the list of things we cut back or cut out. Spending time with our Christian family just seems too hard. As a result our spiritual energy wanes and God feels a long way away. Struggles in life on......

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Finding a Framework

Finding a Framework

People talk about our world becoming more complex. More understanding about how the cosmos operates has led to more options and opinions. It seems like we have more choices but less time to make our choices, and less resources to dedicate to things. Part of the complexities arises because the wider community no longer has an agreed set of values or sources of authority. For Christians, we still should have God at the centre of our decision making. The Bible is still an astonishingly accurate reflection of God’s values and will. The......

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Hearts Overflowing with Compassion

Hearts Overflowing with Compassion

The first weeks of our sermon series have concentrated on the heart of Christians. We freely choose to love God and love others. We replace fear and anxiety with thankfulness and generosity. As we learn to love God more and rely on Him more comprehensively, He fills our hearts with compassion and generosity. This weekend the compassion organisation is sharing with us the great opportunity to be generous to people materially much worse off than us. By taking the commitment to sponsor a child we are helping them to be less fearful......

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How Do I Deal with the Brokenness Around Me?

The Bible doesn’t sugar coat our realities. In Matthew 6 Jesus says in verse 34 “Do not worry about tomorrow …. Each day has enough trouble of it’s own.” There is no promise that Christians won’t face trouble or have struggles. In fact, we should expect persecution and pains. The Bible encourages us not to be anxious or worried. We are told not to fear people in this world who can only take our earthly life. Easier said than done. At each level the scriptures encourage us to exercise our freedom and......

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True Freedom

In 1966 a movie was released about a lion cub Elsa called “Born Free”. The accompanying song featured a line which said: “born free to follow your heart”. Today we explore the concept of freedom. Freedom is a popular idea in our world and most of us want to be “Free”. What do we mean? For many, its freedom from constraints and rules. For others, it may be freedom from commitment and responsibilities. The bible talks about freedom from guilt, sin and death, but spends much more time talking about freedom for......

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The Real Answer

The Real Answer

Our world struggles with the reality of death. We dress up the casket with flowers and avoid grave sides and crematoriums. The best answer is to stay fit and thus postpone the inevitable. Ultimately it doesn’t work. Christianity has the only real answer to overcome the fear of dying. It is the exciting news of the resurrection. Jesus rose out of the tomb. He promises to come and take us to be with him. Physical death on earth is simply the stepping stone into eternity. This is spectacularly great news. We can......

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