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Armageddon Today

May God’s Spirit unveil to us that the time is near (Rev 1:1, 3) so that longing for more of Jesus we might come into a much richer share in the righteous victory of the blood of the cross.

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The Days of Noah or the Days of Elijah

In these amazing days we should all be those who ‘pray without ceasing.’ And rejoice for the day of the Lord, is at hand.

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Plump Skeleton

The great prophet of the Spirit could only answer the Lord’s question, ““Son of man, can these bones live?””, with his own question, ““O Lord God, you know.”(Ezek 37:3 ESV)

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Where has the Spirit Gone? Part 2 The Spirit of Righteousness

The passion of the Holy Spirit is to pour into us the mighty revelation of the righteousness of God Continue Reading

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Riot, revival and the Leadership Crisis in the Church

When in God’s time the Spirit moves a harvest of souls will come in without any frantic human exertion (Rom 9:16 ESV cf. Zech 4:6 ESV). And he will get all the glory.

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Where has the Spirit Gone Part 4: Laying on of Hands

The New Testament takes the laying on of hands in powerful and exciting new directions.

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Sharing in Christ 1. Humanity

If you are not Jesus centred; then you are centred on something else; you’re self-centred, family-centred, money-centred, pleasure centred or even (how dreadful) church-centred. Today let us run to Christ and implore him to share his life with us so that we might our lives with him, whatever the cost…

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Where has the Spirit Gone? Part 3: In the Spirit  

INTRODUCTION The shift from lots of religious talk (2 Tim 3:5) to the manifest power of God’s kingdom in signs, wonders and gifts of the Spirit (1 Cor 4:20; Heb 2:3) is a change most congregations in Australia are unable… Continue Reading

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Call and Gifts

I used to teach that God calls us to perform a particular task and gives us the gifts to perform that task. This is true, but such a task-centred approach is hopelessly inadequate to express the depths of what it… Continue Reading

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Compromising with and giving respectability to evil

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Proclaiming Truth – Confronting Evil, Real and Fictional

• THERE are times when we need to understand the times and know what to do, like the Men of Issachar (1 Chronicles 12:32).

• THERE are those that need to be informed, those that need to inform (yes, our preachers included) and those that need to participate in the confrontation even at the risk of being, in turn, condemned by others for the proclamation of truth.

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Cities of Blood

Only a Body whose unity, security and protection are exclusively in Christ can enjoy true rest and unconditional peace. Continue Reading

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Unbelief

The healing that our hardened hearts need can only come from heaven, we must ask our Father to send us his Spirit to stir us up to plead for the honouring of the name of Jesus
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Foundation’s Sacrifice

Looking across our culture and inside the Church I see vast amounts of selfish ambition which have placed us under a severe divine penalty.
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The Cross in Hebrews

If guilt and shame are alive in you – stop looking at yourself, stop trawling over your past, stop comparing yourself to others….come confidently to Christ to find grace, mercy and full forgiveness in time of need (Heb 4:16 ESV) Continue Reading

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Where has the Spirit Gone? Part 1: Groaning is a Gift for Glory

Whoever groans in the Spirit of Christ will certainly receive an answer to their prayers. Continue Reading

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Serving the Lord over the Powers

Since we are raised up with Christ no power can legitimately accuse us of sin before God Continue Reading

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Renaming “God”

peoples all over the world believe in a great Creator, but knowledge of such a distant deity never has power to save Continue Reading

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Driven Mad

Then the resurrection power of the Father will heal many minds, inside and outside of the community of God. Continue Reading

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Fighting On with the Lord of Hosts

Whoever has a revelation of the name of Jesus as the crucified Lord of Hosts will fight on…to the very End Continue Reading

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Saving Australia’s Day

God’s wonderful plan for all Aussies, ancient tribes and new (Eph 1:10; Rev 5:9) Continue Reading

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Fighting to the Very End

We all have plenty of things worth fighting for: marriages, children, grand-children, friends, neighbours, workmates, health, finances…… Continue Reading

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Eastern Lightning: aka Church of Almighty God aka Church of the Gospel’s Kingdom aka The Gospel of the Descent of Kingdom

Cult movement pseudo christian Eastern Lightning (Chinese: 东方闪电; pinyin: Dōngfāng Shǎndiàn)  THIS MOVEMENT ARE ACTIVELY PROMOTING VIA FACEBOOK. APOLOGETIC REVIEW Articles on this organisation Cult publishes under multiple site. Continue Reading

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A Song of Protest: a call for prophetic music

Listen to the music and you will see that this spirit is running riot in our churches. Continue Reading

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How one pastor is responding to Australia’s redefinition of marriage

I thereby revoke my right to conduct weddings as a recognised agent of the Act, and sever any other official connection to it.

I will only recognise male-female unions. Continue Reading

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Married for War

INTRODUCTION I have long taught that the key to finding understanding, strength and growth in a Christian marriage comes from a revelation of the marital relationship between Christ and the Church, this is clearest in Paul’s words in Ephesians 5:31-32;… Continue Reading

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Old and Young for Jesus

Bible Readings: Is 61.10-62.3; Ps 148; Gal 4.4-7; Luke 2.22-40  INTRODUCTION The Royal Commission into sex abuse provided countless examples of how so-called “Christians” had misused their privileged positions. In mid year the media was saturated with claims of heightened… Continue Reading

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Forget the Lunch: a prophetic recipe for revival

INTRODUCTION On the 20th of December after a scintillating session of carols at Perth Prayer  the floor was opened for anyone to take the microphone.  Few seemed hesitant, and the prayers of several zealous young men reminded me of my… Continue Reading

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Baptism vs ‘Christmas’

Baptisms 17.12.17 Isa 7:10-16; Ps 72:1-8; Rom 1:1-7; Matt 1:18-25 INTRODUCTION I will never forget the experience of being in Cairo during the call to prayer when countless loudspeakers saturated the atmosphere with the Islamic declaration of faith; or recently… Continue Reading

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Seeing Jesus’ Glory in All Things

Bible Readings: Heb 1:1-4 with Rom 8:28-30, then 2 Cor 5:14-17 INTRODUCTION  While teaching in Hong Kong last weekend I came into much greater clarity on what it means to be able to “see Jesus” in the everyday circumstances of… Continue Reading

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We really have lots to celebrate 2017

One might say I’m big on Christmas celebrations, well there maybe some truth in it! It is such a significant date or time in our annual calendar. Continue Reading

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Politics or Jesus

INTRODUCTION This teaching was provoked by recently reading “To Change the World” by sociologist James Davison Hunter.  His persuasive thesis is that in engaging the powers of the political realm American Christians have been ensnared in the world’s ways of… Continue Reading

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God is not mocked!

Any attempt to play ‘God’ as a Fool is an act of insanity! Which brings a pay day that has eternal consequences Continue Reading

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The Sin of Sodom 1 and 2nd time!

Make sure you are not living in the land of the second Sodom and Gomorrah! Continue Reading

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Christ Centred Community of Faith

Prime Directive: exist  solely for the purpose of reflecting in the world who Jesus is! Continue Reading

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Intolerable Evil

Christians feel the world around them is becoming progressively more evil: Intolerable evil may be everywhere but the Lord always deal with it first among his people. Continue Reading

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Christ Only

Christ is the only way of salvation of all who were, are now, or shall be.” “our salvation and all its parts are comprehended in Christ Acts 4:12 Continue Reading

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Getting God Angry

The parable of the unforgiving servant! Continue Reading

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A Perspective on our times to a Christian audience.

The next threat is internal and is from the aggressive atheistic lobby with the leftists onside in wanting to erase anything Christian, re-writing our Christian heritage, stopping children from talking about Jesus in recess, replacing Happy Christmas with happy holiday, and with the militant evolutionists wanting to deny any uncomfortable evidences or logic in Intelligent Design and barring scientists who do accept ID – or, even worse, flood geology or Creation Science – promotions in their university or other fields. Continue Reading

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Real Hate

Ordinary Christians are shocked by the vilification they receive on Facebook if they post, “It’s Ok to say No.”, but the Spirit is helping us to see that we are in a day of moral and spiritual insanity. Continue Reading

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Ephesians 6:1-9 Life at Home and Work

Jesus did the will of God from the heart even when it was very painful to do so, and so must we. Continue Reading

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Reformation 2: Grace gives Freedom

There is nothing crueller than a teaching that throws human beings back on relying on themselves for faith. Continue Reading

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Violence and final Revelation

Evil cannot ultimately resist the revelation of a love that bears violence against itself. Continue Reading

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Giving in God’s Gift

Money rules in most of our lives in ways that properly belong to the Lordship of Christ who should be our highest treasure Continue Reading

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Protected by Blood

The provision of a blood sacrifice to cover a sinner speaks powerfully to a guilty conscience that there is yet hope for undeserved mercy from the Judge. Continue Reading

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Fighting Women

The destructive sin of many young women today is to seek a life-partner with greater urgency than which they seek the one who alone will watch over them forever, Jesus. Continue Reading

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Ephesians 2:1-5 (Dead and Alive)

The order in which Paul teaches in Ephesians follows the truth that only those who believe in the complete sufficiency of God’s grace revealed in the Jesus’ death and resurrection can ever face up to the true wretchedness of our fallen human nature. Continue Reading

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Dead and Alive

Turn away from ourselves to Christ and pray for a revelation of what God has already done for us, that we who were dead in trespasses and sin have been made alive with Jesus now and forever (Rom 1:16-17 ESV).

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Far Above (Ephesians 1:19-23)

INTRODUCTION:  Paul has been praying that the Ephesians “may know…” God’s great blessings, tonight’s portion of Ephesians 1 makes it plain that all these blessings are concentrated in the Christ’s exaltation for us who believe.  It is in this passage… Continue Reading

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Be Angry like your Father

 Jer 2:26-32; Ps 68:1-10; 1 John 1:1-4; John 2:13-22 INTRODUCTION Around six o’clock last night I was confronted by an angry drunk outside a friend’s house, when I went home and watched the news there were images of angry mobs… Continue Reading

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Ephesians 1:15-18 (Thankful Prayer)

Paul is moved to pray because of how the reality of God’s great blessing to the Church had shaped people’s lives. Continue Reading

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One Heart Church unity

TEXT INTRODUCTION If you’ve ever been a part of an extended family get together where from young to old everyone is talking happily and playing well together you will have experienced a little of the  pleasure of God the Father… Continue Reading

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Restoring Beauty Fatherhood

TitleNote:1)“Father” is used throughout this paper in a spiritual and so non-gendered way. The presenting problem is siloing i.e. pastors, business people, artists, scientists, lawyers, media folk etc. are isolated from one another. The seeds of the kingdom are shut… Continue Reading

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Transparent

There is no darkness in God, he is perfectly revealed in Christ and through his blood we can be forgiven of all sin and can offer up to him all the traumas of our broken lives. Continue Reading

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Glorious Ambition

Why is it that despite the clear admonitions of scripture so many believers “set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches” and not “on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy” (1 Tim 6:17). This issue is a… Continue Reading

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The Church at Rest

Sermon No:3: Rebuilding the Church Series. This is the third and final sermon in our “Rebuilding the Church” series and this one is titled “The Church at Rest”.  This teaching whilst very difficult to live out is urgently appropriate to… Continue Reading

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See me Up, Speak me Up

Whilst there is an unusual amount of prayer going on for revival at the moment in Australia this is not something I can join in on without raising some foundational concerns  (2 Chron 7:14; 1 Tim 2:1-7). I believe that… Continue Reading

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Resurrection Fear

The resurrection created a pure holy fear of the Lord of a sort that had never existed before. Continue Reading

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Divide the Image

Reflections on the real issue of Church unity. Continue Reading

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Wall of Fire

A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.Continue Reading

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The Rejected Stone

Readings: Isa 5:1-7; Ps 118:19-29; 1 Cor 15:12-28; Today’s Text: Mark 12:1-12 Having arrived in Jerusalem, Jesus is bringing to a climax the great controversy between God and a system that perverted the temple from a place of access into… Continue Reading

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Transfiguration and humanity

Text: Ex 34:29-35; Ps 2; 2 Pet 1:16-21; Mark 9:2-13 The Transfiguration is one of the most remarkable events in the life of Jesus, but to properly understand it, we need to share its perspective. Mark has already laid down the… Continue Reading

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Mirror

Christians easily forget their true identity in Christ; “have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?”; “whoever (godly) lacks these qualities…is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins.” (Heb 12:5; 2 Pet 1:9). James… Continue Reading

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The Fear of a Son

Naturally speaking no one wants to experience fear, and I personally understand why.
But this does NOT mean that our lives should be completely fear-less.
Christians are greatly confused about what the fear of the Lord means. Continue Reading

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Apocalypse in You

Having recently returned from Myanmar (Burma) I have been asking (again) why God’s presence is often more powerful in places outside Australia. One of the culture shocks I encountered on my recent trip was the intensity of the devotion of… Continue Reading

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So its Christmas whats the big Deal

Well! What is CHRISTMAS? TODAY HIT LIFE’S PAUSE BUTTON. Replay the Christmas Story God’s Way! Continue Reading

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The Love of Gifts

In the roster for our series on 1 Corinthians Dale called this week’s sermon “The Main Game”. My guess he was referring to the repeated emphasis in this passage about the “building up” of others (vv. 3-5, 12, 17). Everyone… Continue Reading

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Seeing Nothing

How is it possible for most of us who know Jesus to walk past those considered nothing in the eyes of the world, the strangers, naked, homeless and imprisoned and not “see” the “Lord” (Matt 25:41-45 ESV)? Why do we… Continue Reading

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Angry Spirits

Personal Matters BREXIT, then the swing to independents at our elections, finally Donald Trump; everywhere angry voters are protesting against their powerlessness at the hands of an elite. Whether in political causes, or the inconvenience of everyday life, Christians can… Continue Reading

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Only Natural

Personal Matters How many Perth congregations will join in the International Day of Prayer for the persecuted Church this week? This is not an attempt to publicise an event, but a warning that our failure to empathetically embrace the sufferings… Continue Reading

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Church on Fire

Personal Matters The contemporary Western Church fulfils the prophetic warning of Isaiah;  (Isaiah 50:11). Instead of being a lampstand for the light of Christ we are self-enlightened about same-sex marriage or politics or prosperity or church growth or…. The only… Continue Reading

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Wisdom to Disciple

Personal Matters The discipleship crisis across the Australian churches cannot be healed by any amount of programming. There is no “hunger and thirst for righteousness” in our land and so no being “filled” with the presence of Christ’s kingdom (Matt… Continue Reading

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Revival and Bible

Personal Matters The savage decline in Bible knowledge is a common feature of Western Christianity. Even for older believers, including me, God isn’t experienced as near as he used to be in the reading of his Word. I feel we… Continue Reading

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Prosperity versus Spirituality

Personal Matters Last week I was in Bandung Indonesia for an Asian Christian leadership conference. This Christ-centred event raised more sharply than ever the question of whether a spiritually mature Church can ever exist in a materially affluent culture. For… Continue Reading

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Royal Sacrifice

Personal Matters We were led into prayer by this scripture, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession” called to offer “spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1… Continue Reading

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The Show-Off Spirit Rise Up

Background After reading this part of my report to our AGM; “To release the expression of the diversity of gifts that Jesus gives to his whole Body remains a challenge into the future (Rom 12; 1 Cor 12; Eph 4).… Continue Reading

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For Beauty and For Glory

Prelude In a deep but often hidden way the Lord is dynamically at work in our nation “to present…to himself…a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish.” (Eph 5:27). An earthly beautification of the people of… Continue Reading

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Eat Again

“he…in bringing many sons to glory, should make the founder of their salvation perfect through suffering. For he who sanctifies and those who are sanctified all have one source. That is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers,… Continue Reading

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The Order of Truth

Personal Matters Jesus promised, “If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God…the one who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and in him there is no falsehood.”… Continue Reading

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Holy Smoke

Personal matters Last week one of the brothers brought this puzzling text to us; “To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap… Continue Reading

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The Silence of the Lamb

PERSONAL MATTERS Why does God sometimes not reply to our requests? This issue was raised for us by Jesus’ rebuttal to a man who sought personal justice; ““who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” (Luke 12:14). But a… Continue Reading

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2016 the Christian Vote does matter Election Australia

2016 Australian Federal Elections: Are aware there are massive implications in the coming election that will impact freedom of speech, freedom of faith, God’s design of marriage and the sexualisation of children. Continue Reading

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Jesus’ Heaven

Our dullness about the reality of heaven is a direct consequence of our idolatries. Continue Reading

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Promise

Promise                  Gen 22:1-19; Ps 105:1-11; Gal 3:15-18; John 8:39-59 St Mark’s 22.5.16 What is going to happen on July 2nd and do you expect it will make any real difference to your life…? (Australian federal election and most Australians… Continue Reading

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Which Jesus? Which Christian?

PERSONAL MATTERS Last Friday morning someone stated off with this text on God’s wrath, “Samaria shall bear her guilt, because she has rebelled against her God; they shall fall by the sword; their little ones shall be dashed in pieces,… Continue Reading

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Undying Love

Personal Matters In prayer last Friday we were directed to this text; “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it… Continue Reading

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Faith and Spirit

Gen 12:1-3; Gen 15:1-6; Ps 32; Gal 3:1-9 Luke 24:44-49 Introduction Galatians 3:1-9 is a passage where Paul gets fired up against those false teachers who are trying to persuade Gentile Christians that they need to keep the Jewish law… Continue Reading

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Perplexed About Nothing

Personal Matters In our Friday prayer time last week the Lord started to speak with us from 2 Corinthians; “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck… Continue Reading

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Club or Church?

Introduction (Continuing our series on Galatians). I was at a dinner recently where a friend described how he had been to a professional meeting and where he talked with a woman he didn’t know well. She proceeded to criticise him… Continue Reading

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Angels of Heaven

Personal Matters In prayer last Friday we began to engage with an alien topic for mainstream Western Christianity. Though there are hundreds of references to angels in scripture in practical terms for most of us they may as well not… Continue Reading

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Great Things

Personal Matters At our Friday morning prayer last week a brother quoted Paul, “To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the… Continue Reading

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Standing in Pain: a Good Friday Meditation

PERSONAL MATTERS The agony of Good Friday can seem distant from our contemporary experience, no matter how hard we try to “remember Jesus” (2 Tim 2:8). Yet something happened recently that has altered my awareness of Christ’s passion-filled presence in… Continue Reading

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Crucified Eyes: Offence of the cross

INTRODUCTION We are living through one of the most dramatic shifts in the history of Western Christianity, from being the most respected institution in the nation as a holy presence the Church is now tolerated by the powers that be… Continue Reading

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Find Your Voice

Introduction I was in inner city Melbourne for a conference last week and experienced an ugly contrast between the world and the Church. Walking down Swanston St I came across a very conspicuous brothel with a neon sign reading, “Come… Continue Reading

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The Way

On the Journey with Jesus 4: Introduction The popular approach to the theme of being On the Journey with Jesus emphasises Christ as a loving companion and guide to me on my life journey. Jesus is someone who listens to… Continue Reading

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Obedience makes the difference

Obedience is EVERYTHING:

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. Hebrews 11:8 (NKJV) Continue Reading

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Fire: Safe or Good?

      Personal Matters       “There is nothing left in Yarloop. Everyplace we have been working in and holding services in is gone…. You can make plans for another meeting on the 17th unfortunately.” (Dr. Bob Chapman).… Continue Reading

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Reformation, Sunday 

PERSONAL MATTERS Recent encounters have challenged me to comment on the shape of Sunday church services i.e. liturgies1)The English word “liturgy” derives from a Greek word for public service and is generally used for a set order of congregational worship… Continue Reading

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The Mystery of the Word made Flesh

Text: John 1:1-18 John 1:1-18 (ESV) The Word Became Flesh v.1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. v.2 He was in the beginning with God. v.3 All things were… Continue Reading

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The End is Joy

SINCE HE HAS CONQUERED WE ARE LEFT WITH BUT ONE CHOICE. This is his clear call today. Will We Obey Him? Continue Reading

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