Sunday November 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.

James wrote that “the tongue is a little member and boasts great things” (James 3:5). Here’s an interesting little fact – did you know that on average a person opens his or her mouth approximately 700 times a day to speak!

David wisely asked God to help keep him from speaking evil – sometimes even as he underwent persecution. Jesus himself was silent before his accusers (Matthew 26:63). Knowing the power of the tongue, we are wise if we ask God to guard what we say so that our words will bring honour to His name. In these uncertain times with so much going on I know myself it is easy to get distracted and to say things that aren’t honourable if it doesn’t agree with my thoughts or opinions. I need to repent of those things.

We will find it much easier to bring honour to Jesus name if we talk or boast only of Christ! All other things are like sinking sand if we put them in the context of sharing the gospel with the dying world around us. This is my encouragement to myself this week and I trust it may also be to you. 

With love & blessings,

Sandra

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Sunday October 31st, 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 more a person fears and respects God, the more he or she will hate evil. Love for God and love for sin cannot coexist. Trying to hide secret sin means that we are tolerating evil within ourselves. Sin is serious not just because of what it does to us and to others, but because it is personal rebellion against God. He does not take sin lightly, and we shouldn’t either. Sin separates us from Him.

If there is an area in our life that we have been withholding from God we need to come before Him in prayer, boldly confess it, and ask for His forgiveness and help in turning from it. Don’t wink at sin! Make a clean break with it and commit yourself completely to God. 

A reminder that next Sunday evening November 7th,  at 7pm, we will be holding the Worship & Testimony service. All are welcome.

With love & blessings,

Sandra

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Sunday October 24th, 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.

Everywhere we look at the moment in the world there is fear and confusion. David said in the Psalms “What can flesh do to me?” How much harm can people do to us?….yes they can inflict pain, suffering and death but no person can rob us of our soul or our future beyond this life. The biggest harm we can do to ourselves is reject God and lose our eternal future. Jesus said, “Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul”.  We must keep our eyes on Jesus, and daily walk with Him so we are not distracted by what is around us.  We must fear God, who ultimately controls this life and the next.

We had a wonderful time celebrating Scarlett’s baptism last week at the beach. We have a video of the occasion so if you would like to view it please let me know.   

With love & blessings,

Sandra

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Sunday October 10th, 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.

Someone sent me a quote this week that said “If you pursue righteousness you will find happiness. If you pursue happiness you will never find righteousness”. Food for thought!

One definition of righteousness is simply, right standing with God. Righteousness is the condition of being in right relationship with the Lord. This can only happen through total faith and dependence upon Christ. It comes when we confess our sin, repent from it and ask God to forgive us. There is no other way and there is nothing we can add to our faith to obtain right relationship with the Lord. Some people believe that it is through our actions that we become righteous. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is a relationship between our actions and our right standing with God but we are not made righteous by what we do. Righteousness is a gift that comes from the Lord to those who accept what Jesus has done for them by faith.

With love & blessings,

Sandra

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Sunday 3rd October 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.

On the day of Jesus’ crucifixion seven things (yes, there’s that number!) happened to Jesus. His sweat became blood.The Roman soldiers struck Him in the face with their fists and rods. They flogged Him with a scourge. His beard was pulled out. Thorns were pressed deep into His scalp. His hands and feet were pierced with nails. His side was pierced with a spear.

It literally cost Jesus all He had. He didn’t simply give up His glory, His throne, and His majesty. He didn’t give up a few simple earthly possessions. He gave up Himself, His own blood poured out as the redemptive price for each one of us. That is the measure of God’s love for us. Let’s again today come with deep thankfulness for the incredible act that Jesus did for each one of us on the cross. 

With love & blessings,

Sandra

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Sunday September 26th, 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.

Christians are to rejoice. In order to do that we only need to think of the great things God has done for us. Then we are told not to be anxious, but in our prayers to make our requests known to God. In our biggest problems we have One to whom we can go; and before Him we can pour out our heart with the assurance that He will not leave us without an answer to that great problem. Then we are to fill our minds with those things that are good. They are mentioned in the Scriptures as being things that are true, honourable, just, pure, lovely, of good report, and of virtue. It is upon these things that we are to think. Live positively, not negatively. There is so much ‘stuff’ happening in the world around us that it is easy to get drawn into it. But let’s not be those people – let’s fix our eyes upon Jesus and live the life He calls each one of us to. This is the day the Lord has made – let us REJOICE and be glad in it!

The Blackie Family is away in Nelson this weekend celebrating my Dad’s 80th birthday. It is with grateful hearts that we thank the Thomas Family for leading and speaking at our service today.

With love & blessings,

Sandra

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Sunday September 19th, 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.

In the change of seasons, springtime brings longer days and shorter nights. So, in a sense, as we move from winter into spring and summer, we leave behind days of darkness as each day brings more light. The apostle Paul often uses the image of light and dark to talk about our spiritual condition. The point here is that we are not only delivered out of something but are also brought into something as well.

As followers of Jesus, we are transferred into the Kingdom of light. We “share in the inheritance of His holy people in the Kingdom of light.” Light often symbolises glory, truth, holiness, and life. It has to do with the authority and sovereign rule of the King. Because of Christ’s work to save us from sin, we are no longer in the dominion of darkness. We are freed to live fully in the precious, grace-filled, compassionate, and loving rule of Christ.

As we go about each of our days let’s then share that light with others!

With love & blessings,

Sandra

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