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Message Supplement for Sunday 17 November 2019: “Work for Food?”

Today’s message from 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13 reveals Paul the Apostle’s work & welfare ethic. Paul wrote that “with toil and labor we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you” (2 Thessalonians 3:8b) and also “Anyone unwilling to work should not eat” (2 Thessalonians...
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Message Supplement for Sunday 10 November 2019: “The End is Dear”

The scripture for today’s message covers 2 Thessalonians 2:1-5 and two consecutive weeks of gospel readings, Luke 20: 27-38 and Luke 21: 5-19. The epic, controversial subject is Jesus’ return at the end of history. The Bible contains weird and wonderful verses, many of which elicit lively responses from...
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Message Supplement for Sunday 3 November 2019: “Short but Sweet”

Luke 19:1-10 reveals Zacchaeus, the diminutive rich man who wanted to see Jesus. A wonderful message is that even when you come up short, God’s redemption can elevate you. Zacchaeus was fortunate to be near Jesus, who was strolling by one day amid a crowd of onlookers. Sadly, Zacchaeus...
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Message Supplement for Sunday 27 October 2019: “Pure Prayer”

Today’s message is from Luke 18:9-14, where Jesus told a story about two praying men at the Jerusalem Temple. The gist of the lesson is that self-righteous pride contaminates what would otherwise be a pure prayer. The first praying man in Jesus’ story was a Jewish Pharisee, someone who...
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Message Supplement for Sunday 20 October: “Overcome Captivity”

Today’s message is inspired by Jeremiah 31:27-34, where the Old Testament prophet reflects on momentous changes: “The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah” (Jeremiah 31: 31).  There are wondrous ramifications for...
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Message Supplement for Sunday 13 October: “Gratitude Attitude”

Gratitude is a great attitude. That’s the theme of today’s message from the Lectionary passages in Jeremiah 29:1,4-7 and Luke 17:11-19. The Old Testament prophet Jeremiah encouraged his fellow Jewish exiles to settle down and make the best of a horrible situation.  There was a disturbing new reality in...
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Message Supplement for Sunday 6 October 2019: “Faith Rekindling”

Today’s focus is 2 Timothy 1:1-14, part of Paul’s letter to his friend and disciple Timothy. We may not be the original audience of Paul’s letter, but it still inspires faith rekindling. Paul begins with a reminder about God’s momentous gift of faith, which requires periodic rekindling. Faith can...
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