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He’s Worth It

He’s Worth It

Over the last few months we have been talking about “radical generosity”. As Christians we are given responsibility for given talents, opportunities, finances and resources. We are encouraged throughout the New Testament to be radically generous. In today’s reading from Mark 14 we encounter the woman who was radically generous in outpouring her care and love for Jesus. Even the disciples didn’t get it and rebuked her. Overall the passage teaches us that Jesus is worth it. He is our ultimate saviour. He is worth everything we could possibly dedicate to him......

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Think & Pray Globally, Live & Act Locally

What emotion seems to be dominating humanity worldwide? OS Guinness suggested in a lecture on Wednesday night that it is fear. Fear of violence, fear of insecurity, fear of war, fear of poverty, fear of the future. What is the Christian’s response? We are encouraged on many occasions in the New Testament to “Fear Not”! The basis of our confidence is Jesus. Jesus is the Prince of Peace and He is working God’s purposes out. We live in the light of Jesus’ resurrection. He wants us to be the light and the......

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Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

Sometimes when I watch the news on my internet feed or TV, my anxiety grows as the brokenness of the world is paraded by. I am then constantly grateful that I am not God. If I was Him, I would have given up a long time ago. The true and living God is so different. He sent His Son to fight for us, to rescue us and to die for us. I give thanks on a daily basis for His great love. I also want to give thanks for the partners we......

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Inside Out

Inside Out

This week the religious leaders (Pharisees) are the primary conversers with Jesus. They believe they have caught him and his disciples out. They didn’t ceremonially wash before they ate. Jesus replied strongly. He pointed out that what happens on the outside does not defile us, but what comes from the inside can. Our heart condition is the key to truly following Christ. The Pharisees were keeping rules and regulations but not honouring God and others. God cares about our hearts. The priority is that the inside should impact the outside. Stephen Semenchuk......

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Time is in His Hands

Time is in His Hands

I find the idea of being late stressful. I experience feelings of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out), and the thought of inconveniencing people makes me uneasy. As a mum, I try to instil my value of being on time in my children. Our lives are filled more and more with activities that seem to take up every last minute we have and yet somehow, we still miss out on important opportunities. When I read through the story of Jairus and his daughter, I notice that Jesus appears to be too late to......

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Great experience. Passed on

Great experience. Passed on

It was the last night of the Commonwealth Games swimming. A friend of mine was there. He was so excited sharing about the women’s and men’s relay finals. They were close finishes. The crowd was electric. He said “I couldn’t speak the next day because I was cheering so loud”. He had a great experience and he passed it on to whoever he met. This week we’re looking at Mark 5 about a man’s experience of being delivered by Jesus. He experienced something so wonderful and amazing. Then Jesus said to him,......

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Forgiveness

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is a hard and beautiful thing. We long for a community that experiences and expresses forgiveness. What a beautiful thing it is when someone gives forgiveness! Instead of building the wall of bitterness and division higher and higher, they knock it down and show radical kindness. While some withhold forgiveness, Jesus is ready to forgive. He takes the pain of it at the cross, showing radical kindness and love. He is the God who offers new starts and restoration and forgiveness, to you.   Jason McPhail Assistant Minister. Download this week’s......

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Conversations with a carpenter

Conversations with a carpenter

Today we start our exploration of the good news about Jesus as reported by Mark. Over the next few weeks we will focus on the conversations ordinary people of the 1st Century had with Jesus. Today we set the scene. The start of Mark’s gospel introduces this carpenter. Very quickly we learn that He is no ordinary carpenter. At His baptism by John, God the Father shows up and pronounces Jesus’ divine pedigree. Then as Jesus launches into His three years of public ministry, He explains that in His very presence the......

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Clouds & Power or Thief & Quiet

Clouds & Power or Thief & Quiet

The New Testament speaks about Jesus returning on a number of occasions. It is the only significant biblical promise that remains to be fulfilled. When Jesus returns there are accounts where he will appear in the clouds with all power and glory. The earth will be caught up in a final spectacular display of God’s power. In other accounts Jesus’ return is described as a thief coming unexpectedly. I think the key is that the first spectacularly displays the manner of Jesus’ arrival while, the unexpected accounts deal with the timing of......

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