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Sunday 19 July 2020 Message Supplement: “Transformed Perspective”

Today’s message highlights Romans 8:12-25, where Paul the author encouraged overcoming destruction via spiritual life. The holistic way in which God created people means that humans are a combination of a physical body, a mind, and spirit. God calls each person toward a life of wellbeing that maximizes potential...
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Sunday 12 July 2020 Message Supplement: “Spiritual Seeds”

Today’s topic is spiritual seeds, a nice parallel to spring planting and the summer growing season (Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23). Farmers rely on good soil along with water, sunshine and nutrients as crucial to a healthy crop. Similarly, Jesus’ words in Matthew presents a metaphor about how people can be...
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Sunday 5 July 2020 Message Supplement: “Self-management”

The lectionary text for today’s message is Romans 7:15-25a, a tale of Paul’s struggles. People of good conscience often wrestle with how best to live. There is a timeless quality about the tension between what a person wants to do and what they actually do. Paul emphasized this universal...
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Sunday 28 June 2020 Message Supplement: “True Liberty”

Today’s topic is freedom from both literal and spiritual slavery, based on the lectionary text from Romans 6:12-23: “Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions” (Romans 6:12). Slavery is a form of captivity that has long plagued humanity. To...
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Sunday 21 June 2020 Message Supplement: “My Oh My! Dead was I?”

If you’re reading this, you are alive. I’m glad of that! Today’s message from Romans 6:1b-11, however, warns of being dead in sin. Thankfully, by accepting redemption from God you are spiritually alive. This means that you are a wonderfully empowered creature with a new lease on life. Claim...
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Sunday 14 June 2020 Message Supplement: “Encouraging the Faithful”

Today’s message weaves material from two lectionary readings, Romans 5:1-8 and Matthew 9:35 – 10:8.  The Romans passage begins with the great theme of faith, which contributes to hopeful peace with God: “Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”...
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Sunday 7 June 2020 Message Supplement: “Great Commitment”

Today’s message from Matthew 28: 16-20 reveals the ongoing importance of Jesus’ earthly farewell. Before he departed, Jesus wanted to instill guidance about what his followers were supposed to be doing after his imminent departure.  Those who had gathered for Jesus’ parting words were told to “Go therefore and...
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Message for 31 May 2020: “Spiritual Pow!”

Brace yourself for a jolt. Pentecost is here and we’re diving into the lectionary text of Acts 2:1-21. We’re celebrating the core of God’s essence, which is spirit. Since humans are created in God’s image you are a precious spiritual being who enjoys connection to God, spirit-to-spirit. Jesus promised...
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Message for Sunday 24 May 2020: “Restored by God”

God’s promises are wonderful, including this one from today’s lectionary selection: “And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you” (1 Peter 5:10). This above verse...
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