Sunday August 9th, 2020

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 find it helpful to be reminded about certain key points regarding my Christian walk on a fairly regular basis! This week I was reminded of one of these – I am a stranger in a foreign, hostile land.

We are only passing through this land – (or this life!). It is temporary. It is not ours and was never intended to be. How easy it is to get ensnared by the ways of the world – to put things, activities and even people in a place of importance that can often be in place of or even higher than where we put God. Don’t get me wrong – there is nothing wrong with these things in themselves but do they have a hold on us and have they become idols in our eyes and our life?

More and more there is growing persecution and a hatred toward Christians and our beliefs. We are ‘strangers’ to those who don’t believe. People can be hostile towards us. We shouldn’t be surprised because Paul speaks about it in scripture. It was and always has been that way. As we ‘pass through this land’ let us give our lives to the Lord in everything we do. The reward when we leave is something our minds cannot conceive because it is so wonderful. In the meantime let’s continue to daily lay down our lives and live for Jesus in everything we do.

With love & blessings, Sandra

 

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Sunday August 2nd, 2020

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 we’re born we have so much to learn. We have to learn how to speak, walk and write among many other things. But no one has to teach us to do the wrong thing. No one has to show us how to be selfish, ruin relationships or be proud – among many other things! We know how to do this and sin from the very early stages of life.

Because of this it means that every one of us needs the forgiveness that God offers. The amazing thing is that God provides a way for all of our sins – past, present and future – to be cast away from us. All we have to do is confess our sin, turn from it and accept the saving grace offered through the death of Jesus on the cross. This is simply how extravagant God’s love for each of us is.

When we forgive others our hearts don’t become hardened and bitter, we’re given peace of mind and most importantly we’re obeying God. Forgiveness means we’re letting go, moving forward and not allowing it to rule our lives. Often it is a journey and it isn’t always as easy as it sounds but it is key to our growing relationship with God. Is there anyone we need to forgive today? If so, ask God to help you do this, just as He does for us when we sincerely ask Him.

With love & blessings, Sandra

 

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Sunday July 19th, 2020

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.

It’s natural for us to have bad days. They come with living on a fallen earth with fallen humanity. Peace would be a rare commodity if we had to depend on our circumstances as our only source for that peace. We have a far better source for peace….and for courage. In fact, it’s the only true source – Jesus.

When Jesus and his disciples were crossing the lake a huge storm welled up. Jesus slept, stretched out at the end of the boat. His disciples however were so worried they thought they were going to die. Maybe today you are in the middle of circumstances that have robbed you of your peace and/or your courage. Know that in the middle of the worst storm in your life that Jesus is right there with you. He will never leave you or forsake you. Just as He was with the disciples and nothing happened to them, so He is with you.

With love & blessings,

Sandra

 

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Sunday July 12th, 2020

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.

As king, Solomon had everything a person could want, but in the book of Ecclesiastes he says that he “hated life”. So what happened?

His marvellous accomplishments left him bitter because he pursued them as a means to personal satisfaction. Personal satisfaction, by itself, is empty because we are alone in the enjoyment we receive. What is our attitude about what we do? If our goals are to satisfy only ourselves, we will find ourselves empty, seeking one thing after another as Solomon did. If our goal is to serve God and others, then we will experience a full life, one that won’t leave us bitter.

I am so grateful for our church family as I observe the hours that so many put in, serving God so faithfully. To this end also, thank you to so many of you that contributed to making Kat and Brent’s wedding a day not only they but many of us will always remember.

With love & blessings,

Sandra

 

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Sunday July 5th, 2020

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.

We all want to hear God’s voice and I often get asked “but how do I know if it’s God’s voice or just thoughts in my head?”

I think the answer to this question is often the same answer to many of the questions we have…….in order to know God’s voice we have to know God. How do we get to know God? Of course we know the answer……by reading the Bible, by spending time with God and by asking God to reveal Himself to us. The more time we spend doing these things the better we will get to know Him and the more often and easier it will be for us to hear God’s voice.

The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy so if the voice I hear is accusatory or negative I will discern that it is not God I’m hearing. I also know it’s very hard to hear God’s voice amidst all the ‘noise’ going on in and around my life. So finding a quiet place for a quiet time is essential for me…..it’s not to say that God can’t or won’t talk to me through the noise, but He does need to raise His voice! I also believe this is something we have to practice and that it is a journey as with a lot of our Christian walk. So I encourage you if you don’t already, find a time and find a place and begin or continue to learn to hear God’s voice. It really is very exciting!

With love & blessings, Sandra

 

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Sunday June 28th 2020

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.

Many of the early Christians were suffering and being abused and persecuted for believing in and obeying Jesus. Today, although not so much in the West….yet…it is much the same. Peter outlined the right attitude we are to have during times of suffering and persecution – we should expect it and we should be thankful for the privilege of suffering for Christ but also trust God for deliverance through and from it.

We hear overseas of the incredible physical persecution – even to death – that is going on. As we are brothers and sisters of these dear Christian believers we are to stand with them and pray with them and for them. Following Christ can be a costly commitment – trials will come to refine our faith and when they do we must remain faithful to God as we are instructed to rejoice that we have been counted worthy to suffer as Jesus did for each one of us. Knowing this is one thing – applying it in our lives is another! But through prayer and a deepening relationship with Jesus who promises never to leave us or forsake us we too can hold on to the eternal hope He has given us.

With love & blessings,

Sandra

 

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Sunday June 21st, 2020

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.

It seems that every time I open my Bible at the moment I am reading about repentance, turning away from it and turning to God. This of course is the key to explaining the gospel to people….John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus by preaching repentance. The apostles’ message of salvation also included the call to repentance – acknowledging personal sin and turning away from it. Many people want the benefits of being identified with Christ without admitting their own disobedience and turning from sin. The key to forgiveness is confessing our sin and turning away from it.

When we repent, God promises not only to wipe out our sins, but to bring spiritual refreshment (Acts 4:19). Repentance may at first seem painful because it is hard to give up certain sins but God has promised us He will help us and give us a better way. As Hosea promised, “Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge Him. As surely as the sun rises, He will appear; He will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth”.

With love & blessings,

Sandra

 

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