Pastor’s Blog

Matters of life and death

On Sunday we continue looking at our subject ‘Matters of Life and Death’ and we’ll be looking at the issue of death. Before we get too morbid, let’s remind ourselves that, in Christ, death is not the final curtain but the gateway that takes us into the very presence of the Lord. The apostle Paul…

Passenger boat or battleship?

Church is great, but did you know that it can only happen when you show up? The apostle Paul calls the church the body of Christ and he proclaimed in 1 Corinthians 12:27: ‘Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.’ The body really does function…

Faith

Today we will be looking at the issue of faith and why it is so important in our journey with God. The author of the book of Hebrews really tries to get to grips with what faith means and why it is so crucial in the growth and development of every believer. Although the author…

Healing

This Sunday, as part of our series ‘Matters of Life and Death’, we are looking at the sensitive issue of healing and what the Bible really says. I think this whole area is one of the greatest mysteries we face and maybe that’s a good place to start: healing is a mystery! To try and…

Matters of life and death

Over the next month or so we will be looking at a number of issues under the series banner ‘matters of life and death’. Of course, these are the ‘bookends’ of our time on earth: we are born, we live and we die. The part in the middle is mostly up to us. I have…

AGM: celebrating god’s faithfulness

I believe that one of the reasons King David found such favour with God was borne out of his unreserved ability to praise and thank him in all circumstances. In 1 Chronicles 29:11-13 David declares: ‘Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendour, for everything…

Living in the overflow

I’m always impressed when I encounter people who have clearly been through challenging times, yet determine not to live in the place of blame or discouragement, but rather choose to live in hope and trust. Psalm 33:20 declares, ‘We wait in hope of the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our…

Journeying with Joshua 4

This Sunday, as we continue our series ‘journeying with Joshua’, we find the Israelites on the other side of the Jordan in ‘promised land’ territory. It must have been a wonderful time of euphoria as they began to take in the views and visualise a new way of life in the vast expanse of Canaan…

Journeying with joshua 3

I have a confession to make: I love church! The day I became a follower of Jesus Christ, it became my passion and I’m still obsessed! Of course, when I say ‘church’, I don’t mean the architecture, I mean the people. Sometimes loving people can be challenging; in our increasingly polarized communities, we will regularly…

Journeying with Joshua 2

This week’s message sees us continuing our series, ‘Journeying with Joshua’. God’s promises to Joshua echo those that were made to Moses, his predecessor: ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you,’ he assures. (See Joshua 1:5.) Even in the light of this incredible promise, God urges his servant to ‘be strong and courageous, because…