Sunday August 4th, 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.

Because God created us and knows our innermost thoughts (Psalm 139) He knows what delights our heart.  He also knows the desires of our hearts. But have you stopped to think about what delights the Lord?

I believe we delight the Lord when we follow His instruction. I believe it is when we choose not to criticize someone but instead choose to say nothing or instead say something encouraging about them. I believe it is when we choose to honour the Sabbath when we might rather be doing something else. I believe it is when we carry out an act of service for someone in need when we might rather be doing something for ourself. I believe it is choosing to tell the truth when it might be a lot easier to tell a lie. And of course the list goes on……

There is nothing we can do to make God love us more. He loves us more than we can ever imagine or put into words. But we can show our love for Him by firstly reading His inspired Word and then obeying it as we live out our daily lives.

With love & blessings,

Sandra

 

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Sunday July 28th, 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.

It was such a blessing to have a lovely restful weeks holiday in the beautiful township of Akaroa last week. Thank you to all who made it possible, in particular Neville, Teresa, Ann, Luke, Jono and Nic.

I find holidays are a great time to ‘reset’ my ‘spiritual clock’ – to get back into the basic spiritual disciplines which sometime go amiss during the busy term time. For me this includes daily walks with my worship music, regular praise and prayer and doing my daily devotional and bible reading. I’m reminded during this time of how important these disciplines are – I use the word ‘disciplines’ because that’s what they need to be. A discipline is something that we develop by instruction and exercise especially in self control. I’m reminded how crazy I am not to be exercising them in the more busy periods of my life! Spiritual disciplines are like the air that we breathe and the food that we eat – without them we malnourish ourselves and become weak and unable to move forward in all that God is calling us to.

How are you going with your spiritual disciplines? Have you formed good habits and patterns or are you like me and in need of ‘resetting’ your spiritual clock? If so, I encourage you to take some time to pray and work out how you can do that because the result is SO worthwhile!

With love & blessings, Sandra

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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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