Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Of Mongrels And Prodigals

"...your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.' " (Luke 15:32)


We have all heard of the story of the Prodigal son in Luke's Gospel account.
 The younger brother who:
  • shamed his father by demanding his inheritance there and then;
  • flittered away this inheritance through sinful lust;
  • came to repentance while wallowing in a pig sty;
  • was restored by his father on his return home.
And - while the Pharisees listened to the story told by Jesus with grinding teeth, and murderous intentions - we all marvel at the unconditional love, forgiveness, and mercy poured out by the father.

But lurking all the while in the background was another prodigal... 

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Pruning Back The Weeds

"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser..." 

We are all guilty of it.
We do it without thinking.
We are so accustomed to it that it has become like second nature. Like breathing. 

But breathing supplies the oxygen to our lungs - oxygen that is transported to all the nether regions of our body via the blood network, to perform functions that our brain requires them to do. 

What I'm referring is not as life-sustaining like that...

Friday, 24 February 2017

Audio Up: Journey with Paul

Hi All

Audio is up for last Sundays' message - Journey with Paul.

Click here to listen, sermon notes here.

Blessings.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Journey with Paul - Galatians 1, Acts 15

Sermon Sunday 19 Feb '17
Yesterday I had the privilege of teaching the flock.

Topic: Journey with Paul - texts Galatians 1, Acts 15, and others.


Sermon notes below


Blessings.










Wednesday, 30 November 2016

The Camel That Broke The Straw Man's Back

source:bloggingpro.com

"And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God" (Matt 19:24).

"For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Matt 16:26).


For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1 Tim 6:10)

strawman
:  a weak or imaginary opposition (as an argument or adversary) set up only to be easily confuted
(source: Merriam-Webster)


Monday, 21 November 2016

James 4:1-10: The Test of Worldly Indulgence

Hi All


Last Wednesday night I had the privilege of teaching the flock.

The title was "The Test of Worldly Indulgence".

Audio here  -filter by my name, IE works best.

Sermon notes below.

Blessings.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

James 2:1-13: The Test of Impartial Love

Last night I had the privilege of teaching the flock.


Title was "The Test of Impartial Love", text James 2:1-13.


You can listen here (filter by my name, IE works best). Sermon notes below.


Blessings.



James 2:1-13 (NKJV)
2  For if there should come into your assembly a man with gold rings, in fine apparel, and there should also come in a poor man in filthy clothes,
3  and you pay attention to the one wearing the fine clothes and say to him, "You sit here in a good place," and say to the poor man, "You stand there," or, "Sit here at my footstool,"
4  have you not shown partiality among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts?
5  Listen, my beloved brethren: Has God not chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?
6  But you have dishonored the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you and drag you into the courts?
7  Do they not blaspheme that noble name by which you are called?
8  If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you do well;
9  but if you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors.
10  For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all.
11  For He who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do not murder." Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law.
12  So speak and so do as those who will be judged by the law of liberty.
13  For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. 

Friday, 30 September 2016

The Day The Town Came To See The Circus

A few weeks ago, I was invited to a family baptism. 

A reason to rejoice, yes absolutely. But I had a nagging check in my spirit about the whole thing...

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

The Woman at the Well - A Picture of Law and Gospel

Hi Everyone

Last Sunday (17 July 2016) I had the privilege of teaching the flock.

Text was John 4:1-42, the story of Jesus and the Woman at the Well.

You can hear it here (filter by my name - IE works best).

Sermon notes below.

Link to poem at the end of the sermon.

Blessings.