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Sunday Message for 26 June 2022: “Paul’s Problem”

The text for today’s message is Galatians 5:1, 13-25. Paul has a problem. As with people both ancient and modern, Paul was conflicted and contradictory. But rather than overlook such unpleasantness it is helpful to confront human imperfections. We are reminded that Paul, like other humans, is a beautifully...
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Sunday Message for 19 June 2022: “Soggy Swine”

 Today’s message is based on Luke 8:26-39. Welcome to the controversy of demon possession. Christians are divided about demon possession. Despite the divisive chattering, there are valuable lessons for the discerning reader about illness and cures. The possession story begins with Jesus’ arrival at the region of the Gerasenes,...
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Sunday Message for 12 June 2022: “One Leads to Another”

Paul the Apostle illustrated an interesting chain of events. Often chain events are represented as bad, where one adverse situation leads to something worse. Yet Paul provided a different chain, one that starts negative but which has a positive outcome for those who work through the process. Paul began...
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Sunday Message for 5 June 2022: “Spirit Renewal”

Brace yourself! Pentecost is here and we’re diving into Acts 2:1-21. We’re celebrating the core of God’s essence, which is spirit. Shortly after his departure from earth Jesus sent the spiritual energy he had promised. He did this because he equipped his followers. Jesus didn’t want his faith family...
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Sunday Message for 29 May 2022: “Spiritual Unity”

Humanity experiences division and separation. This situation is not optimal and lack of unity makes life worse for many people. Thankfully God can help overcome this. Jesus prayed “that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be...
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Sunday Message for 22 May 2022: “Ready Spirit”

Pentecost arrives soon and it’s not too early to prepare for God’s spirit (John 14: 23-29). “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you” (John 14:26). Jesus reassured...
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Sunday Message for 15 May 2022: “Broken Diet”

Acts 11: 1-18 illuminates ruinous religious rules. The issue are the ancient Jewish dietary regulations and whether Jesus’ followers were bound by them. First, it’s good to provide some historical background. Christianity started as a reform movement within Judaism and Jesus was Jewish as were all of his Apostles...
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Sunday Message for 8 May 2022: “You & Me & the Trinity”

John 10:22-30 feeds controversy about Jesus’ relationship to God. The setting was the Jerusalem Temple, where Jesus was walking until confronted by critics, who wanted him to plainly state his credentials. Jesus affirmed that he was the messiah and that his miracles supported this assertion. But Jesus went much...
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Sunday Message for 1 May 2022: “Who’s Calling?”

Heaven is calling. Just when you think all the drama is over after Easter, God wants your attention. Two biblical celebrities exemplify spiritual transformation:  Saul (Acts 9: 1-20) and Peter (John 21: 1-19). Before Saul’s conversion he was a mercenary hired by the Jewish bureaucracy to persecute The Way,...
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Sunday Message for 24 April 2022: “Don’t Doubt Thomas”

Easter is the preeminent miracle of Christianity and perhaps you’re still basking in its glow. Yet for many people it can be easy for enthusiasm to wain after all the excitement. Perhaps even doubts about faith can creep in. It’s as if the energy of holy days risks emotional...
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