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Sunday Message Supplement for 22 December 2019: “Love’s Renewal”

Today’s message is based on two lectionary scriptures, Psalm 80:1-7,17-19 and Romans 1:1-7. In the Psalms, there’s an uplifting message of restoration, borne by God’s love. “Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth …....
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Sunday Message Supplement for 15 December 2019: “Overflowing Joy”

Today’s Advent Sunday focus is joy, including that of Mary the mother of Jesus (Luke 1:46b-55). Mary had been visited by an angel who proclaimed how God was planning a miracle within her. After the angel pronounced the divine plan Mary joyfully declared how Jesus’ birth would renew humanity....
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Sunday Message Supplement for 8 December 2019: “Peaceful Transformation”

On this second Advent Sunday today’s message combines Isaiah (11:1-10), Romans (15:4-13) and Matthew (3:1-12). Isaiah captures an expectation for the coming of God’s righteous teacher, whom many perceive as pointing to Jesus or John the Baptist. Whoever is this messiah-like figure, Isaiah narrates how there will be a...
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Sunday Message Supplement for 1 December 2019: “Awaken!”

Today’s message is based on Matthew 24:36-44 and Romans 13:11-14, emphasizing awareness, which is being alert to and awakened by God’s spirit. Paul spoke about awakening when he wrote that “it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep” (Romans 13:11a). Jesus also encouraged followers to “Keep...
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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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