Talks


Today marks the beginning of Holy Week, a time in the Christian calendar when we metaphorically journey with Christ to the cross, remembering Christ’s suffering. Holy week is a good time to realign ourselves to the kingdom of God we remember that Jesus’ suffering brings freedom and life, where the […]

Psalm 31 Palm Sunday


This is not a parable that I am comfortable with. How many of you have heard this story and felt completely comfortable with it? Some of you heard me speak about unfairness by business and government last time. It is a subject I am passionate about. My nature is to […]

Matthew 20: 1-16 The Vineyard Owner


Listening and Doing James 1:19-27 Introduction In the 1937 Disney classic, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs the beautiful but wicked Queen utters the famous line “Magic mirror, on the wall – who is the fairest one of all?” Each time, the mirror would respond, “Thou, O Queen, art the […]

Listening and Doing



Society is broken If you are like me you will have experienced incompetence, unfairness, perhaps fraud and dishonesty from individuals, business and government. Examples: Who has called a bank or utility and not got the message “we are experiencing exceptional call levels”. If it happens most of the time it […]

Society is broken


Dealing with Disappointment by Steve Gaunt Disappointment comes in all sizes, doesn’t it? Any time our hopes aren’t realised or our expectations or desires aren’t fulfilled, we feel disappointed. Reality over expectations – that’s disappointment. The larger the spread between those two values the more the disappointment. Disappointment can be […]

Dealing with Disappointment


Today I want to talk about grief and lamenting.  Bill is going to read various Bible passages for us to illustrate the points. Here is an example to show what I mean by “lament”: Psalm 44 21-26 23 Awake, Lord! Why do you sleep? Rouse yourself! Do not reject us […]

When we do not feel like “Happy” in Church



As you may know, Linda and I meet each Sunday morning to have a conversation with God. Another name for that is – – prayer.. We’ve looked at and tried,   a number of different aspects of prayer, how to talk to God and crucially how to listen to God, . […]

Know My Heart


Question: Have you ever given your children back to God? (I bet some of us have had this thought in the past – or even now) “I’d like to give them back—but I didn’t think God would take them. I thought He had a ‘no returns’ policy on children! Besides, […]

Giving Your Children Back to God


Commitment Romans 12:1-2   Introduction Here’s a question for us: To what are we totally committed? [PAUSE] It’s an interesting exercise if we’ve never thought about this. Commitment is a virtue that is hard to come across these days. In our society we don’t often whole-heartedly commit to anything, both […]

Commitment



Introduction The largest radio receiver on earth is in New Mexico. Pilots call it “the mushroom patch.” Its real name is the Very Large Array – VLA. The “VLA” is a series of huge satellite disks on thirty-eight milesof  railways. Together the discs mimic a single telescope the size of […]

Prayer