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The Holy Spirit Poured Out

Dear Friends, In today’s readings (Acts 2:1-13, 36-41) Luke records for us the story of Pentecost. As the promised Holy Spirit is poured out, the disciples are enabled to speak any known language and they declare the praises of God. This leads to Peter delivering the first sermon and 3000 people are added to God’s […]

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The Authority of the Gospel

Dear Friends, At our 5PM service, we are continuing our series through John’s Gospel. In John 8:48-59, the Jews resort to name calling. This is just another stage in their oppression of Jesus and the Good News that He brings. Jesus rebukes them by calling to mind His relationship with God. Jesus’ authority comes from […]

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Witnesses to the Gospel

Dear Friends, There are many challenges before our church and before people across the world, but God’s mission doesn’t stop. Jesus’ first disciples were a minority and uncertain about what to do next. Before Jesus ascended to heaven, He told them to wait in Jerusalem until they received power from the Holy Spirit. God promised […]

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Drifting from God

Dear Friends, The story in 1 Kings 11:1-13 of King Solomon being led astray by his many foreign wives is very disappointing. This man had at least two very powerful encounters with God and had the privilege of God offering to grant him whatever he asked for. God kept His promise and blessed him with […]

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God’s Blessings

Dear Friends, The Art Gallery of NSW has a spectacularly magnificent painting of the visit of the Queen of Sheba to the court of Solomon (1 Kings 10:1-13). The painting communicates the abundance of beautiful objects and the grandeur of Solomon’s court. The Queen of Sheba came to see Solomon to find out if his […]

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The Word of God is a treasure

Dear Friends, In 1 Kings 8:1-21, we reach one of the high points of the Old Testament. The temple of God has been completed and it is then dedicated to the Lord. What is given prime place is the Ark of the Covenant which contains the stone tablets which God had written His law on […]

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God’s Wisdom

Dear Friends, It seems that, with all the challenges of Covid over the last 2 years, life has become even more complex. We live in a complex world for which we need God’s wisdom. In 1 Kings 3, Solomon asks for wisdom. He asks for wisdom as the king to govern and lead God’s people […]

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God’s Kingdom

Dear Friends, During January we are embarking on a short series looking at 1 Kings 1-11 and the person of Solomon. The big themes in these chapters are the establishment of God’s Kingdom, the need to deal with the enemies of the Kingdom and to promote the values of the Kingdom, such as kindness. This […]

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Look for Jesus

Dear Friends, In Matthew 2:1-12 we learn that with the arrival of the Magi, all Jerusalem was disturbed, and none more so than King Herod. The Magi were asking for the location of the one who was born to be the King of the Jews. The word “disturbed” is related to the word for earthquake. […]

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Good News

Dear Friends, One of the distinctives of the Christmas stories is that God’s Holy Spirit and His angels are very active. This is a sign that God is going to do something new and very remarkable. Zechariah is visited by an angel and because of his unbelief, is struck dumb. Mary is visited by an […]