KID’S TALK: Whizz, Flash, Bang

Matthew 24:36-44It was dark outside and, apart from the odd star in the sky, there was no other light. But then Barry liked living in the country, away from the street lights and all the traffic noise. That’s why he’d come to live there in the first place. He also...

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SERMON: The Layers of Christmas

Luke 2:1-7A. INTRODUCTIONIt’s September, and it’s not unusual to hear people complain about Christmas—and how early is has come, with all the trees, decorations, gift ideas, and special foods appearing in our shops. Four months before the big event, and we are...

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KID’S TALK: Mr Mud

Matthew 27:11-26Mr Mud wasn’t always called Mr Mud. But he was given the name because he always did things that were a little bit dodgy. He wasn’t a hardened criminal, he didn’t have a prison record or anything like that, but if there was something going on that was a...

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DEVOTION: The Rich Man and Lazarus

Luke 16:19-31In society today, there is a preoccupation with being successful, or at least gaining much wealth. And not necessarily with wealth or success that is earned. For example, the Australian love of gambling is well noted. But even if weren’t, there are many...

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DEVOTION: The Roller Coaster of Emotions

Luke 19:41-48Life at times can be a roller coaster of emotions. We can go from great joy to the depths of despair. We can find themselves on cloud nine with the discovery of true love (I’m a hopeless romantic) to being really at the bottom—because of the loss of a...

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SERMON: The Church: Rites of Passage

Matthew 28:19-20aA. INTRODUCTION1. Our Ever-Changing WorldIn an ever-changing world, nothing stays the same for very long. In a little over fifty years we’ve seen some dramatic changes: TVs have gone from black and white, to colour, to stereo, to digital and now to...

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SERMON: Celebrating the Harvest

Exodus 23:16A. INTRODUCTIONHarvest time is an opportunity to consider the variety of God’s provision. It’s a chance to thank God for his abundant goodness to us—for some of the basic things he provides for us for daily living and our continued well-being. It’s also a...

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SERMON: Knowing and Experiencing our Trinitarian God

2 Corinthians 13:14A. INTRODUCTION1. PuzzlesWe seem, at times, to be a nation who loves puzzles. Indeed, some like traditional jigsaw puzzles and spend hours putting all the pieces together. Others prefer those wooden puzzles where you need to fit all the pieces...

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UPDATE: The New Covenant . . . and Beyond

The New CovenantThis week, I have completed my reviews of the fifth, and final book, in the series A Twenty-First-Century Bible and have lodged the manuscript for publication. It has passed the initial content evaluation (to check for potential breaches of copyright)...

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QUESTION: Eliminating All Prejudice

Does anyone really believe that we can become so educated that all prejudice on the planet can be eliminated? Education, compassion, and understanding have value, but are we really that naïve to think that we can totally eliminate the darker side of our human...

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