Sunday April 18th, 2021

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.

Courage takes many forms. It can take courage for someone to just get up in the morning; it can take courage to care for someone in need; it can take courage to turn up at work or school in the face of bullying; it can take courage to cling to faith when everything and everyone tells you it is all an illusion.

We also need to recognise that courage is not the opposite of fear. Without fear, there would be no courage, but only foolhardiness. Courage kicks in when we take note of our fears, but don’t let them shape our lives.

To be courageous is not to be fearless, but to refuse to surrender to fear. Like a lot of things in life we need to learn this so we can put it into practice when we find ourselves in a fearful situation. “Perfect love casts out fear” (1 John 4:18). Sometimes we fear because we forget that God made us with His love. His love takes away our fear. It is from Him that we find the source of our courage.

With love & blessings,

Sandra

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Sunday April 11th, 2021

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.

Some of us may hesitate to witness about our faith in Christ because we don’t feel the change in our lives has been spectacular enough. We may think that growing up in a Christian home or living an unspectacular life means our testimony won’t be as powerful.  But we qualify as a witness for Jesus because of what He has done for us, not because of what we have done for Him.

Christ demonstrated His great love by setting us free from our sins through His death on the cross, guaranteeing us a place in His Kingdom and making us priests to administer God’s love to others. The fact that the all-powerful God has offered eternal life to us is nothing short of spectacular and well worth testifying about!

With love & blessings,

Sandra

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Sunday April 4th, 2021

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.

Easter is a season of great gladness for those who know Christ. But for those who are without “the light of the knowledge of God’s glory” (2 Corinthians 4:6), there is nothing to rejoice over.

Jesus left us with the great hope and certainty that He is going to return to bring a new Heaven and a new earth where, we are told, there will be no more sorrow, trouble, or death for those who have believed and followed Him. However there will be trouble, sorrow, and suffering for those who have neglected or rejected Him.

As Christians, our great task is to obey the command to tell the whole world about Christ crucified, buried, yet risen again. This season of the year, when we reflect on our Saviour’s great sacrifice for us on the cross, we can be filled with great peace and hope, because “He is risen!” That is the Good News.

With love & blessings,

Sandra

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March 28th 2021

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.

The Israelites spent 40 years on a journey that should have lasted 11 days. It wasn’t distance that stood between them and the Promised Land. It was the condition of their hearts. God’s purpose went deeper than simply transporting a huge group of people to a new land. He was preparing them to live in obedience to Him once they arrived. The journey was a painful but necessary part of their preparation. Through it, God taught the Israelites who He was – the Living God, the Leader of their nation. He also taught them who they were – people who were fallen, sinful and prone to rebellion and doubt. 

Our own spiritual journey may be lengthy and we may face discouragement, pain and difficulties along the way, but remember that God isn’t just trying to keep us alive! He wants to prepare us to live in service and devotion to Him and Him alone. 

With love & blessings,

Sandra

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Sunday March 21st, 2021

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.

The early Church was committed to reaching the lost for Christ. We also must exhibit this commitment. It is only through Jesus Christ that we can be forgiven, saved by grace, and receive the promise of eternal life. For many people it doesn’t make any difference what you believe as long as you believe in something. But Acts 4:12 says “Salvation is found in no-one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

I read this story this week and was moved by the perspective D L Moody had on the world around him.

While speaking in London, evangelist D. L. Moody was approached by a British companion who wanted to know the secret of Moody’s success in leading people to Christ. Moody directed the man to his hotel window and asked, “What do you see?” The man looked down on the square and reported a view of crowded streets. Moody suggested he look again. This time, the man mentioned seeing people–men, women, and children. Moody then directed him to look a third time, and the man became frustrated that he was not seeing what Moody wanted him to see. The great evangelist came to the window with watery eyes and said, “I see people going to hell without Jesus. Until you see people like that, you will not lead them to Christ.”

With love & blessings, Sandra

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Sunday March 14th, 2021

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.

Most of us struggle at some time with spiritual discouragement and lethargy.  Some days our circumstances threaten to overwhelm us, and we struggle just to pray.  Many times we just don’t feel like doing the things we know we should.  For one reason or another, God sometimes seems far off and unreachable.

David faced times like these in his life.  The Psalms are filled with verses that express his despair and feeling of abandonment. Yet the Psalms also give us the key to living victoriously during the dark periods of life.  

My circumstances or feelings do not change God!  He is the same God today as He was when He created the world and fed the five thousand. Recalling God’s faithfulness and control over everything that touches us gives us strength to walk with God even when we feel like giving up in despair. He is perfectly capable of sustaining us if we will only let Him.  We simply need to choose to delight in and diligently consider God’s principles and character despite how we feel.  Choosing to delight in God might not be easy.  It might even involve hard work but it is key to our daily walk with Him.

With love & blessings, Sandra

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Sunday March 7th, 2021

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.

Our salvation is a gracious gift from God. God chose us out of His love for us, Jesus died to pay the penalty for our sin, and the Holy Spirit cleansed us from sin when we believed. Eternal life is a wonderful privilege for those who trust in Christ.

Our safety and security are in God. If we experience joy in relationship with Christ now, how much greater will our joy be when He returns and we see Him face to face. Such a hope should motivate us to serve Christ with greater commitment every day.

We have the launch of the Hope Project booklet delivery this evening, Sunday March 7th at 7pm in the church. Please join with us and others from churches around the area to pray for our neighbourhood and all those around us that will be receiving the books in the lead up to Easter.

With love & blessings, Sandra

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