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Tears in the Desert

In Psalm 126, the psalmist asks of God, 'Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like streams in the Negeb!' It is a powerful image: rivers of water running into the desert, turning a wilderness into a garden. And returning from exile, the psalmist is asking God to do just that in his life and the life of the people. But then he takes the metaphor further, to sowing and reaping an...

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Advent - Second Time Around

Advent is a time when the church looks back to the first coming of Christ, and prepares herself for the feast - the celebration - of Christ's birth at Christmas. But it's also a time to look forward to the second coming, the second advent of Christ, and his return. Those two comings are polar opposites: the first in humility, the second in glory. The first unnoticed, the ...

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Idols and Limping Between the Two

When Elijah confronted the prophets of Baal, he didn't just address the prophets but the people: "How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the LORD is God, follow him; but if Baal then follow him" (1 Kings 18:21). That's instructive, because it tells us that the people of Israel had not stopped worshipping the LORD; they hadn't abandoned him for Baa...

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Peter's Sword

The contrast between Peter in the Garden of Gethsemane and Peter in the courtyard of the high priest is a stark one. At Jesus' arrest Peter is full of bravado. He has already pledged that he will never abandon Jesus, even if it costs him his life, and he's made that promise in public. When the arrest party comes, Peter is quick to take up arms and use them. But then, it's...

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Sloth and the Middle Period

Martin Lloyd Jones, the great British preacher, said that 'the middle period' is the time when we may be most prone to Sloth. The question then - if we want to be on guard against Sloth - is 'what's the middle period?' Whenever we start something new - a new job or relationship or educational program, or church, we experience a honeymoon period. We're excited by this n...

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Sloth and the Workaholic

I suspect your view of sloth is only partially correct. We tend to think of sloth as the attitude of the couch potato - the man lying on the sofa with beer in one hand and the TV remote in the other. That is one side of sloth. But there is another. The man who is in his office by 6:30 every morning, and who works away until late evening may also be a sloth. Why? Because, ...

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Living in Light of the Things that Last

This Sunday - Jan 31st - we will be looking at a passage from 1 Corinthians that, at first glance, can seem confusing. Does the Bible really teach that those who are married should live as if they weren't? Or that we should be emotionally numb? The answer, of course, is 'no'. But what the passage we will be looking at does teach us is that, married or not, we should live w...

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In-person services in 2021

As 2021 starts we're delighted to be meeting in person. We have two morning services - at 9:45 and 11:15 - you are very welcome to come to either, though please note that only the 9:45 service has Children's Church and Youth at the same time....

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A Radically Different Community - Sunday October 18th

In the 1st Century Christianity was unique among religions that appealed across ethnic boundaries - the only that imposed behavoural demands on its members. Why, in a world where sex was freely available, did a religion that confined sex to marriage explode and overturn the culture? Why embrace such a sexual ethic? This Sunday we will continue our series in 1 Corinthians ...

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The Problem of Comparing - Sunday Oct 4th 2020

How much do you compare yourself to others? How much does what others think or you, or how you compare to them, affect the way you feel about yourself? What is it you're looking for when you compare? This Sunday we will once again look at Paul's letter to the Corinthians. We'll see what's going on under their habit of comparing, and how to be free of it. Join us for our ...

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