– Welcome 12 August 2018

God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM – Exodus 3:14

Leading from this, John Piper points out that:

“Everything that is not God depends totally on God. The entire universe is utterly secondary. It came into being by God and stays in being moment by moment on God’s decision to keep it in being. Compared to God, all else that amazes us is as nothing. He needs no help or advice-He himself is the standard of what is right, what is true, what is beautiful.”

Jesus said to the apostles, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word: and My Father will love him and We will come to him and make Our home with him ..” – John 14:23

“Oh Love that will not let me go, I rest my weary soul in Thee” – George Matheson.

Jesus is the Door to the Glory and Joy of heaven. Welcome to this place of worship and testimony!

Claude

 

Welcome – 5 August 2018

Hallowed be Your name … Matthew 6: 9

The seraphim in the temple worshipped God and called out to each other concerning His holiness. God’s every action, and thought is pure holiness.  Our desire should be to glorify the name of our holy God. We are able to do this today as we pray, meditate on His inerrant Word, sing His praises and listen to the expounded Word as His holiness is proclaimed.

In His love God is holy; in His wisdom God is holy; in His justice God is holy; even as He disciplines us God is holy. Everything that God is or does is holy.

May our worship this morning be worthy of His holiness.

Ron

 

Welcome – 29 July 2018

I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted

Job said those words. Why? Because God had just reminded him about His Creation! 
Are you feeling overwhelmed, daunted, threatened by anything in the Universe? Or do you feel at the mercy of injustice? Remember God's Handiwork! Make use of your senses: Gaze. Feel. Taste. Hear. Consider … and confess with Job, "You can do all things, and no purpose of Yours can be thwarted"
Put your Trust in the Lord and do as He says!

Welcome – 22 July 2018

“Let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another-and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24,25

Half the world population-about 3.5 billion-have watched the football World Cup. Netflix users collectively watched 1 billion hours of content per week in 2017. Even in impoverished shack communities, satellite dishes can predominate. For good or bad Society’s values are being shaped by the unprecedented global reach of the media,. Christian fellowship in this welter of media, is essential – face to face, side by side, worshiping God, listening to good preaching, sharing real lives, and discerning the good, bad and indifferent. Welcome to God’s sanity!

Claude

 

Welcome – 15 July 2018

Our Father in heaven … Mt 6: 9

Our Father is eternal in the heavens, and all things belong to Him. And yet this great, omnipotent God cares for us, His children. He has redeemed us through Jesus Christ His Son and adopted us into His family. How blessed we are that we can call Him Abba, Father. This close relationship allows us to come into His presence with confidence, knowing that our Advocate presents our prayers before the throne of grace, and they are perfected in Jesus.

Our heavenly Father will give us the best of gifts, that is the Holy Spirit of His Son, if we just ask Him.

As we come into His presence this morning, may we worship our Father in heaven with adoration.

Ron.

 

Welcome – 1 July 2018

“In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength” – Isaiah 30:15a

When storm clouds gather, it is wise to take note and make preparation – bracing for whatever seems to be coming at us. Knowing Jesus’ promise – “Lo, I am with you always, to the end of the age” – we can, and should, do this quietly, in confidence that He will take us through, conforming us to His character and working His glory.

And be aware of the sting in Isaiah’s subsequent text:

“But you would not, and you said ‘No, for we will flee on horses’ – therefore you shall flee!’”

Self-sufficiency feels powerful, but only God-sufficiency is rewarded. It’s called Faith.

Encourage one another today as you worship Him who loves us.

Claude

Welcome – 24 June 2018

Lo, I am with you always … Matthew 28:20

This promise of Jesus brings great comfort to His people, especially to those who are burdened by trials and testing.

His presence is a firm foundation for faith and a great basis for hope.

Jesus promised to Never leave us or forsake us.” Whatever our circumstances,

His “always” and “never” eliminates exceptions, and scatters all doubt.

Another promise is that the Father and the Son will make their home with us as permanent and intimate Guests. (John 14:23)

We, who apart from grace would be nobodies, now become personal friends of God and joint-heirs with Christ.

So today we may travel with great confidence in His company, looking forward to being with Him in glory with exceeding joy.

 

Ron

Welcome – 17 June 2018

I feel very privileged to serve in this congregation. I really believe the Lord Jesus has ownership here, accomplishing His work within us and through us to others. My regular prayer is, "Lord, whatever we intend, have Your way", or as better spoken in the Scripture,
Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory, 

for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness! (Psa 115:1)


My personal mandate is to nurture us all into maturity – to equip us all for ministry. It's a joy to see our Future Focus men engaging, our Bible studies growing, our kids ministries reaching. May this Sunday worship be another occasion for our spiritual growth and equipping until Heaven.

Give yourself now to the Lord, whatever your hopes might be, and say, "Not to me, but as you will, Jesus"

– 10 June 2018

Feeling disgust helps us stay healthy, study says – CNN headline, 5 June 2018

The article on physical health assumes that disgust is a random accident of blind evolution. Disgusting, isn’t it?

There is no more vulnerable and valuable part of man than the soul: pollution of our minds with wrong values and ideas ruins us, our relationships, our society and our ability to be disgusted at offensiveness toward God. “Do not grieve the Holy Spirit by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption” says Paul (Eph 4:30). So, primarily, we have to resist the erosion of our sense of disgust at spiritual pollution.

“The Holy Spirit opens my ear in great gentleness of soul for what the Father has to speak and teach” (Andrew Murray)

Welcome to this place of purity and joyful sharing in God’s word and work.

Claude