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Trusting God's Character

Read 2 Samuel 24:10-13 From this passage of Scripture, the lead up to these verses encounters King David’s military census, whereby he requested for his fighting men to be counted. Some reasons for this could: Have been that his actions were motivated either by pride in the size of the empire he had acquired. OR It was a reliance on the security he had in the size of the manpower that he could in an emergency rely on . In this regard taking a census was sinful in Gods eyes, as he had relied on himself and not on God who had given him everything he owned including all the victories his army had achieved. The result and consequence of this, was that God had given David Three choices of punishm

Encumbered

Matthew 19:16-26 16Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” 17“Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.” 18“Which ones?” he inquired. Jesus replied, “’You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19honour your father and mother’, and ‘love your neighbour as yourself’.” 20“All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?” 21Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then c

Till Death Do Us Part...

Last week, Pastor William jabbed at me about tonight’s message, saying I’d be preaching the ‘final word’ on Marriage, Celibacy and Divorce. It’s a funny joke, because what do I know about any of that? I’m a 30 year old man who has been married for 4 years. People say that I’m still in my ‘honeymoon phase’, that until I’ve been married for at least 20 years, I have nothing to say about the matter. In fact, often in ministry I’m looked down on by people who say that I’ve got no grounding to speak because of my youth or because of my inexperience. ‘You can’t talk about children – you’ve never had any. You can’t talk about divorce – you’ve never faced it. You can’t talk about having a work balan

Church Under Pressure 7. Praying When Life Blows Up

1 Thessalonians 3: 10 - 13 No matter what our background, instinctively we know prayer is central to the Christian life. We all know we ought to pray. We all feel we should pray more than we do. Life can change so quickly. The phone rings and a voice says, "I've got bad news." It could be anything: A failed exam. The test came back positive. Your granddaughter is sick. Your son goes to jail for drunk driving. The company doesn't need you anymore. "I'm being sued." A friendship suddenly ends. Suicide. You discover another woman or another man. Time stops. Life will never be the same again. How will you find the strength to go on? You try to pray, but the words won’t come. How do you pray when

How to Fight Well in the Church

Have you ever been under, or seen an instance of someone being put under, Church discipline? While in a previous Church, our leadership had to bring a young man into Church discipline who had chosen to live an unrepentant homosexual lifestyle. People reacted in two ways: Many went along with the request and cut contact. Some thought this was ridiculous and unloving, and decided to keep offering the man friendship, without realising that they were destroying the whole reason for Church discipline: Reconciliation; The saving of souls. Let’s read together from Matthew 18:15-20. 15If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you

Father's Day 2019 - Be Strong and Courageous

Joshua 1: 1 - 9 I recognize that this day is difficult for some of you because your dad is no longer here. Some of you have a dad who has deserted you. And there are dads here today who feel discouraged and others who’ve been badly treated by their children. Still others are delighted to be dads but don’t really like the attention Father’s Day brings. Our text for today is often taken out of context: “Be strong and courageous.” You’ll often hear it quoted as a synonym for being tough and tenacious. We’re going to discover how the context of this phrase, which is actually used 3 times in Joshua 1, will help us grow not only as dads, but also as disciples of Jesus Christ. Instead of just telli

Be a Child-Like Christian

THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME. The race to be first. The desire to be remembered. The pursuit of legendary standing. It is the quest for immortality. If your name is not forgotten, you are still alive. A couple of months ago I watched for the first time the movie The Fault in Our Stars. I’m a little embarrassed to say that I loved it. Augustus Waters says that his biggest fear is oblivion – He intends to live an extraordinary life; to be remembered. To a degree, that sentiment resonates with each of us. We want to be great, and be remembered for greatness. It even resonated with the disciples. The disciples each wanted to be the greatest of all time. One day they come to Jesus and ask Him a quest

Church Under Pressure 6. Living in Hard Times

1 Thessalonians 3: 1 - 8 What do you do when your world caves in? How does a Christian respond when hard times come? What can we do to keep our faith strong? All of us face those questions because we all go through deep trials eventually. When that happens, everything we believe will be put on the firing line. Be a student, not a victim Some people go through life as professional victims, always talking about how they have been mistreated. But this dooms you to a life of self-centered misery because you learn nothing from your trials. What a difference it makes to be a student and not a victim: A victim says, "Why did this happen to me?" A student says, "What can I learn from this?" A victim

The Father Who Provides for His Children

Tonight, we’re going to be looking at one of the least-known of Jesus’ miracles – in fact, one of the least-known of biblical miracles. I wonder if you’ve ever heard this story. Turn to Matthew 17:24-27. 24After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?” 25“Yes, he does,” he replied. When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes – from their own sons or from others?” 26“From others,” Peter answered. “Then the sons are exempt,” Jesus said to him. 27“But so that we may not o

Church Under Pressure 5. Our Heavenly Rewards

When God is involved, even the worst situations of life can be turned around. Direction makes all the difference. It doesn’t matter where you’ve been, only where you are and where you plan to go from here. With God all things are possible. Relationships are like rivers that continually flow this way or that. We all have relationships that either pull us up toward God or drag us down toward hell. The Apostle Paul understood both sides of this truth. 1 Corinthians 15:33 - “bad company corrupts good character.” Eventually we all become like the people we spend time with. For better or worse, our friends rub off on us and we on them. This morning we emphasize the positive side of this truth. It

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