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The perfect love triangle Epiphany + 6 A 2017 and Valentine's Day

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Release Date: 02/09/2017

The Experience of God - Trinity Sunday c 2022 show art The Experience of God - Trinity Sunday c 2022

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Key Bible passages: Proverbs 8:1–4, 22-31, Romans 5:1–5, John 16:12–15 The experience of God (Trinity) Today is Trinity Sunday. From our tradition and in our history the church has usually named God as Trinity. God is One but at the same time God is Three - Father, Son & Holy Spirit.   Today, I’m going to talk about how God is experienced and how in that experience, as God is revealed to us, we come to know God as three and as one.  This understanding of God as Trinity comes from the experience of God by the people of Israel, in the early church, and in our personal...

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Jacob Wrestling with God - A narrative sermon show art Jacob Wrestling with God - A narrative sermon

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A narrative sermon based on Genesis 32: 25-32 and Matthew 26: 36-46 My name is Jacob. I’m a twin. They say that even when I was in my mother’s womb I struggled with my brother. I came out holding onto his heal so they gave me the name grasper or grabber. The name sort of fits because for the first part of my life that’s just what I was like.  I knew that the only way to get ahead in life was to make your own way and your own luck. If a situation presented itself then you should grab it with both hands and never let go. Keep your wits about you and if other people give you a tiny...

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Focus Readings: Genesis 11:1-9; Acts 2:1-21; John 14:8-17 In Douglas Adam's Science Fiction series, the Hitch Hikers' Guide to the Galaxy there is a fish called the Babel fish which can be inserted into the ear and which translates whatever is being said in any language instantly to your own. He writes "by effectively removing all barriers to communication between different races and cultures, has caused more and bloodier wars than anything else in the history of creation." - Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy It's meant to be a funny line because often people argue that if...

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But wait there's More (the amazing gospel deal!) Easter 7 C show art But wait there's More (the amazing gospel deal!) Easter 7 C

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Focus reading John 17:20-26 Some of you may remember Tim Shaw from Demtel. If you don’t you may be familiar with the Shopping network. A presenter tells you about an amazing product you must have. Then she or he will say “but wait there’s more” and will offer another amazing product, then they might say “Not only that you also get...” and perhaps they add “and if you call right now we’ll also add”. At the finish they might ask “And how much would you expect to pay for this...” And then they will give the amazing bargain price. Well I want to argue that the Gospel (The...

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Lion to Lamb Revelation 5 Easter 3 c 22 show art Lion to Lamb Revelation 5 Easter 3 c 22

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I've not had time to record anything for the last few weeks but here is the text for my message for tomorrow:  The Last become First (Lion to Lamb) [Title slide] In CS Lewis’ Voyage of the Dawn Treader there is a scene right at the end when a lamb is transformed to the great lion, Aslan who represents Christ in the stories.  The children in Lewis’ story Edmund, Lucy and Eustace have just got out of a boat and as they wade ashore they see a dazzling white lamb. It is cooking them a fish breakfast, just like Jesus cooked breakfast for the disciples in John 21.  Lamb and lion...

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BOOK LAUNCH Sarah & the Chocolate Cake show art BOOK LAUNCH Sarah & the Chocolate Cake

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A Great story for Good Friday Sarah the little girl who is very badly drawn decides to make a cake... but everything goes wrong!!! It's a disaster! Everything seems lost...   Watch how this disaster gets turned into something wonderful!   "In my view the best stick figure children's book with theological themes ever printed" (The author)   Purchase on Amazon Australia, US and elsewhere...   Kindle version available for immediate download.  Paperback is print on demand.   Use freely for Educational and church purposes. All other rights reserved.  ...

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Holy Thursday (Tenabrae) Link show art Holy Thursday (Tenabrae) Link

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If you would like to hear and watch  the story of Holy Thursday and Good Friday presented through the reading of the Bible in a tradional Tenabrae or "Service of Shadows" then follow this Link: .

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Join the Parade - Palm Sunday 2022 (Lent 6 C) show art Join the Parade - Palm Sunday 2022 (Lent 6 C)

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Focus reading:    On Palm Sunday Jesus enters Jerusalem as the King. In Luke’s Gospel the crowd are there but it is all his followers who hail him as king. Jesus doesn’t stop them, even saying that the rocks would praise him if his followers were silent. He knew he was a king, but a king of peace and that he was riding to death and not to a glorious throne. The Pharisees want the crowd to be silent. They don’t want Jesus to stir up trouble. Who are you in the parade? Part of the excited crowd looking on, enjoying the spectacle? The disciples telling the world Jesus is the...

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Wasteful Extravagant love Lent 5 c 22 show art Wasteful Extravagant love Lent 5 c 22

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Focus reading John 12:1-8 Apologies this is a 20 minute message and not 10. I’ve grown up in a church and learnt my theology in a way which has always stressed God’s love to us rather than my love to God. And I’ve grown up in a culture, where men especially are uncomfortable about publically showing their love to others. A culture where even another person showing open and public affection can cause discomfort and embarrassment.           While putting God’s love to us, first, before our love to God is not wrong, for me and for many in the church, any “over...

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The lost Sons Lent 4 c 2019 recast show art The lost Sons Lent 4 c 2019 recast

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This is a repeat from 2019   Focus passage:  Whoever you are, whether we are the shameful sinner, the lost son, in the far away country caught in the drought, or the self righteous, judgmental sinner (older brother) refusing to come into the house, the message is the same. The Father comes out to us and invites us into the party and Jesus goes before us into the wilderness and experiences the pain, broken-ness and even death that we know. For us although dead, he has been made alive, just like the younger son. Whoever you are, whether we are the shameful sinner, the lost son, in the...

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Focus Reading:1 Corinthians 3:1-9  Click HERE for a direct audio download.

 

Paul gets really angry in a number of his letters and in 1 Corinthians the main thing which makes him angry is disunity. The church at Corinth has forgotten that what unites Christians is God in Jesus Christ and not their leaders or ideas. As many in the congregation renew their marriage vows today, it is important to keep this in mind. The main difference between a Christian marriage and a secular marriage is that a secular marriage really has only two parties, the husband and the wife. Christian marriage on the other hand has three. God is included. We ask God to bless, protect and strengthen the couple for their life ahead. They are not in it alone they have a greater source of strength. As Paul suggests in our Christian life together, whether it be the church, Christian marriage, or Christian friendship, we may plant the seed or water the ground but it is only God who gives the growth.

Questions for thought or discussion.
What do you think are the differences between a Christian marriage and a secular marriage? What gives strength to relationships? (All relationships not just marriage.) What part does God play in all your different relationships?

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