Sunday July 7th, 2019

Welcome to our service today. It is great to have you here and we would love to invite you to stay after the service and join us for tea and coffee.

One of the most important questions we can ask ourselves as followers of Jesus is “what then shall I do with Jesus”? When we accept Jesus into our hearts and ask Him to lead us and guide us it doesn’t stop there. Salvation is a gift freely given but it comes with a call on our lives. We are called to be the light in the darkness for Jesus is the HOPE of the world and the world needs Him more than ever today as the end draws near. As suicide rates increase, as despair grows, as people lose hope, as loneliness increases, as crazy laws are introduced into the country and as the battle increases we are called to always share the good news of Jesus Christ and to have an answer ready for those who ask us. This is the privilege we have as believers.

For Christ IS good news. He came to set us free. He is our hope. He is our purpose and He is our gift to give away and share with others.

With love & blessings,

Sandra

 

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Sunday June 30th, 2019

Welcome to our service today. It is great to have you here and we would love to invite you to stay after the service and join us for tea and coffee.

Have you heard of  “hangry”? This is defined as being so hungry that lack of food causes anger or frustration. It’s so true! I think we can become hangry on a spiritual level, too. Our hearts will long for the kind of nourishment only God can provide, and we’ll struggle to navigate life’s ups and downs until our spiritual hunger is tamed. But repeatedly God reminds me He will satisfy and fill me up even more and even better than anything the world can offer.

And while foods like fresh bread, vegetables, meat and chocolate can tame our tummy, the only way to satisfy our soul is to feast on God’s Word. You and I were created to hunger after God more than anything the world offers.

It means when bad news comes, we get on our knees and pray. We take our pain and fear to Him first. We put God at the top of our to-do lists, not the bottom. It means we don’t treat Him like leftovers, something we reluctantly grab when nothing else satisfies.
Relying on anything other than God to feed our souls will keep us in an ordinary, common relationship with Him. Instead of embracing His power, strength and wisdom, we settle for the world’s morsels. Unless we choose to feast on God’s promises, we’ll spiritually starve ourselves.

With love & blessings,

Sandra

 

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Sunday June 23rd, 2019

Welcome to our service today. It is great to have you here and we would love to invite you to stay after the service and join us for tea and coffee.

When you think of David in the Bible what do you think of? Is it shepherd, poet, giant-killer, king…… or is it betrayer, liar, adulterer or murderer? The first lists qualities we might all like to have and the second qualities that we might not so much…..though we have all lied at some stage I’m sure! The point is that the Bible makes no effort to hide David’s failures. Yet he is remembered and respected for his heart for God and in fact God refers to David as “a man after my own heart” in Acts 13:22.

David had an unchangeable belief in the faithful and forgiving nature of God. He was a man who lived with great passion. He sinned many times but he was quick to confess his sins. His confessions were from the heart and his repentance genuine. We can learn a lot from David’s life. Although we are sinners this will never separate us from the love of God for “if we confess our sins He is faithful and just and will forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness”. We don’t have to live under the weight of sin but instead come before God and in sincerity ask for His forgiveness. This is the message of the cross in which we find true freedom.

With love & blessings,

Sandra

 

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Sunday June 16th, 2019

Welcome to our service today. It is great to have you here and we would love to invite you to stay after the service and join us for tea and coffee.

Time is a most valuable commodity. Since it’s irreversible and irreplaceable, we ought to give careful consideration to how we spend our days—and even our minutes. Time is a gift from God. That means we are not owners but stewards and will one day be held accountable for how we used what was entrusted to us.

Those who realise that their days belong to God are careful how they live. Their goal is to understand the Lord’s will and align their schedules and activities with His purposes. As they seek guidance each day through intimate fellowship with Him in the Word and prayer, their spiritual eyes are opened to discern which opportunities are from the Father and which are not a part of His plans for them.

Some live only for their own pleasures while missing out on God’s purpose for their lives. However, others may be very busy and extremely successful by worldly standards, but if their days are occupied with activities that aren’t God’s will for them, they’re wasting their time.

To make the most of your opportunities, begin each day with the Lord, submitting to His will and asking that He direct your activities.

With love & blessings, Sandra

 

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June 9th, 2019

Welcome to our service today. It is great to have you here and we would love to invite you to stay after the service and join us for tea and coffee.

I love watching court room drama’s on television…..the courtroom scene, obscure arguing, behind the scenes plea bargaining and the verdict – Guilty! or not…..

But nothing we see in court room dramas could compare with the dreadful miscarriages of justice that we read in the Bible about Jesus. He had four judicial hearings – he was arraigned before the retired high priest Annas; tried and ‘convicted’ by the high council of the Jewish people and Caiaphas; sent for a hearing by ‘King’ Herod and finally sentenced again to death by crucifixion by Pilate.

And then God took the unjust guilty verdicts and let them be outworked – “The Lord has laid on Him the inequity of us all” (Isaiah 53:6)

What great news for us – Jesus swapped places with us and took our guilty verdict and we received His not guilty verdict. Oh what a Saviour!

With love & blessings,

Sandra

 

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Sunday May 26th, 2019

Welcome to our service today. It is great to have you here and we would love to invite you to stay after the service and join us for tea and coffee.

Everyone worships something. Even people who don’t consider themselves religious worship. We are made this way. In Colossians we are reminded that “everything was created through Him and for Him”. We are created for God; to give God glory and worship Him alone.

However, sometimes we find ourselves worshipping things other than God – it might be work, self, celebrities, sports teams, hobbies, social media or even our families. How do we know what we are worshipping? It’s quite easy – just ask yourself this question – “what takes most of your time and attention? What do you find yourself thinking about most?” Maybe it’s time to stop and think about what is really important in this life. Are we putting God before everything else in our life or have we let Him slip down the list a bit.

One thing I can say for sure – when God comes first everything else falls into place. It’s just the way it’s meant to be and how God intended it!

With love & blessings,

Sandra

 

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Sunday May 19th, 2019

Welcome to our service today. It is great to have you here and we would love to invite you to stay after the service and join us for tea and coffee.

Paul’s main prayer for the Christians at Ephesus was that they would know Christ’s love for them – not that they would know it in their head but that they would know it in their hearts – how high, high wide, how long and how deep Christ’s love is for each one of us.

It is so important that we know this because if we don’t know His love in our hearts it will be hard, if not impossible to love Him back. And we are ‘commanded’ to love the Lord with all our heart, soul and mind.  If we don’t know Christ’s love in our heart then we will find it hard to trust Him and we will find it hard to know that He wants the absolute best for us.

Every aspect of the Christian life hinges on the love of God for us – if we do not know in the deepest places of our soul that our God loves us so much then we will not love Him, trust Him, obey Him, serve Him, enjoy Him, worship Him, rest in Him or seek Him. This is the foundation of our faith.

With love & blessings,

Sandra

 

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