Pleasing God

Our aim in life is simply to please God.  But what pleases God?  Here are a few ideas. …we make it our aim to please him. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he...

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Wait for the Lord

Psalm 27 has only one verse that tells us to do something.  What is it? “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”             Psalm 27:14 David even says it twice, for the hard of hearing:  Wait for the Lord. When you are in trouble,...

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Jesus Is Near

In the musical My Fair Lady, Freddy sings about his feelings for Eliza Doolittle. He is so in love that even the street where she lives is a special, magical place:         “Does enchantment pour out of every door?         No, it’s just on the street where you live.”  ...

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New Song

In 1982, Rocky III came out with its new theme song ‘The Eye of the Tiger’. “It’s the eye of the tiger, it’s the thrill of the fight, Risin’ up to the challenge of our rival” This song was heard in many gyms and in the headphones of many athletes. ...

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New Year Resolution

Once I told Bronwyn that my new year’s resolution was to have no new year’s resolution.  One minute later I realised that I put myself into a conundrum – if I kept my new years resolution I would fail to keep it (think about it).  I have avoided New Year...

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Ready, Willing & Able

2 Chronicles 16 has an interesting story that shows the heart of God.  This chapter tells the story of Asa, a king of Israel, who took money from God’s treasuries to fund an alliance with a foreigner so as to gain political power over the king of Judah.  God spoke...

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Get Real with Santa

Did you know that Santa Claus was a real bloke?  The word ‘Santa Claus’ comes from  ‘Saint Nicholas’.  St Nicholas was a real bloke who lived around 280AD.  He was the local bishop in the city of Myra in Turkey.  Tradition tells us that he was imprisoned by Emperor Diocletion...

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I Called to You

Following the visit of the Wise men, Joseph took Mary and Jesus to Egypt to escape Herod.  Joseph, Mary, and Jesus lived in Egypt as refugees until Herod’s death.  Interestingly, Matthew saw the return of the boy Jesus as a fulfilment of the prophecy of Hosea (Matt 2:15) 1 When...

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Awkward Christmas

Christmas is an awkward time for many families. This was most true at the first Christmas. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went...

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Christmas Roast

Being close to people is tricky because friction is inevitable.  People rub against each other because they are different or sinful.  Yet managing relational friction well leads to deep and satisfying relationships.  Ephesians gives great teaching on this. …speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every...

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