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From Anguish to Victory

From Anguish to Victory

Scripture Reading:  Psalm 22: 23 - 31 (NIV) You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel! For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help. From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you I will fulfill my vows. The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the Lord will praise ...

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Brought to God

Brought to God

Scripture Reading:  1 Peter 3: 18 - 22 (NIV) For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes ...

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Walking the Way of Love

Walking the Way of Love

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5: 1, 2 (NIV) Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5: 1, 2 (MSG) Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious ...

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Stay focussed on the Job at hand

Stay focussed on the Job at hand

Scripture Reading:  Mark 1: 38 (NIV) Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” Message:  Stay focussed on the Job at hand Ministry of movement Jesus’ ministry for three years on this earth was a ministry of movement In the time of three years He had to maximize his impact  He could not do that by remaining in one place - He had to move around It was question ...

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Opening the door to Freedom

Opening the door to Freedom

Scripture Reading: Mark 1: 23 - 27 (NIV) Just then a man in their synagogue who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” “Be quiet!” said Jesus sternly. “Come out of him!” The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek. The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A ...

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Opening the door to New Possibilities

Opening the door to New Possibilities

Scripture Reading: Mark 1: 16 - 20 (NIV) As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 17“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 18At once they left their nets and followed him. 19When he had gone a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John in a boat, preparing their nets. 20Without delay he called them, and they left their ...

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Opening the door to Seeing More

Opening the door to Seeing More

Scripture Reading: John 1: 48 - 51 (NIV) “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked. Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.” Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.” Jesus said, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” He then added, “Very truly I tell you, you will see ‘heaven ...

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The Fuss of Christmas (Christmas Eve)

The Fuss of Christmas (Christmas Eve)

Message:  The Fuss of Christmas Why did you come here tonight? What’s behind all the Christmas celebrations? What is the fuss of Christmas? Take a moment with me to think about that - how would you explain this whole Christmas thing to a complete foreigner that has no Western background? Here’s my attempt: Mankind is the crown of God’s creation - relational beings made to love - in God’s image We all have a deeply imbedded need for love, don’t ...

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Keep yourself in God’s love

Keep yourself in God’s love

Scripture Reading: Jude 1: 20, 21 (NIV) But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Message:  Keep yourself in God’s love “Building yourselves up” On social media we find all sorts of interesting quotes - especially this time of the year I brought along a quote for this message today, ...

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Prepare to Receive the Gift of Peace

Prepare to Receive the Gift of Peace

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 40: 1 - 11 (NIV) Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her hard service has been completed, that her sin has been paid for, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. A voice of one calling: “In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground ...

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Hope of a Coming

Hope of a Coming

Scripture Reading:  Mark 13: 26, 27 (NIV) “At that time people will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. And he will send his angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.”   Message:  Hope of a Coming The nature of hope Google’s dictionary gives two simple definitions for hope: “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen” “a ...

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A Deeper Knowing

A Deeper Knowing

Scripture Reading:  Ephesians 1: 15 - 23 (NIV) For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which ...

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Remind, Encourage and Build Up

Remind, Encourage and Build Up

Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 5: 1 - 11 (NIV) Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. You are all children ...

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Remember (Prof van Eck)

Remember (Prof van Eck)

John 20:19-25 (NRSV) When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he ...

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Walk the Talk

Walk the Talk

Scripture Reading: Matthew 23: 1 - 12 (NIV) 1Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: 2“The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat.3So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.4They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. 5  “Everything they do is done for ...

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When My Foot Slips (Nina Zwart)

When My Foot Slips (Nina Zwart)

Psalm 94 vs 18 and 19 (NIV) When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy. As I wondered about what to talk about today, I kept thinking about Psalm 94 vs 18. I thought about stories and memories, we all have stories, the stories we remember that grow our faith, the lead our path and that remind us of the wonder of God’s love.  Although stories in the Bible ...

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The Parable of the Rich Fool

The Parable of the Rich Fool

Scripture Reading: Luke 12: 16 - 21 (NIV) And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink ...

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The Parable of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast

The Parable of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast

Scripture Reading: Matthew 13: 31 - 33 (NIV) He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.” 33He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it ...

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The Parable of the Talents (Thanksgiving)

The Parable of the Talents (Thanksgiving)

Scripture Reading: Matthew 25: 14 - 30 (NIV) “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18But the man who had received ...

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Raised Up Through the Cup and the Loaf

Raised Up Through the Cup and the Loaf

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 10: 14 - 17 (MSG) So, my very dear friends, when you see people reducing God to something they can use or control, get out of their company as fast as you can. I assume I’m addressing believers now who are mature. Draw your own conclusions: When we drink the cup of blessing, aren’t we taking into ourselves the blood, the very life, of Christ? And isn’t it the same with the loaf of bread we break and eat? Don’t we take into ourselves ...

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Tell a Bible Story (part 3) - The Good Samaritan

Tell a Bible Story (part 3) - The Good Samaritan

Children’s Story:  The Good Samaritan One day, Jesus was having a conversation with the people about the law of God Jesus asked the people what the law of God says and a man answered:  “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Jesus said that he got the right answer and told him to go and do it But the man wanted to know:  ...

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A Reflection on Change and Opportunities

A Reflection on Change and Opportunities

A Reflection on Change and Opportunities    Comfort and Resistance to Change We struggle to take on New Opportunities We develop an affection for our circumstances because we are familiar with it As Human beings we are at the top of the food chain because we are best at adapting to circumstances Whatever comes our way, we find a way to adapt and survive It this very skill of adaptation that is also responsible for us creating comfort zones We just love to make things ...

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Tell a Bible Story (part 2) - David and Goliath

Tell a Bible Story (part 2) - David and Goliath

Children’s Story:  David and Goliath The Philistines invaded the land of the Israelites - they wanted to take everything from them On two hills on the banks of the valley of Elah, they were set up against each other - it was a stalemate - the Philistines on one side and the Israelites on the other… No one dared making the first move, because that would have meant that they had to go down through the valley where they would be at their most vulnerable  They were ...

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Tell a Bible Story (part 1) - Noah's Ark

Tell a Bible Story (part 1) - Noah's Ark

Children’s Story:  Noah’s Ark A time after God created the earth, He saw that the earth became corrupted.  God was not happy and decided to start over.   God so that Noah was blameless among the people of his time and told Noah that He was going to send a great flood that will destroy everything on earth - God wanted to start over.   He told Noah to build an Ark from Cypress wood.  God gave Noah the measurements for the ark - 440×72×43 ft ...

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Godly Opinion with Great Impact

Godly Opinion with Great Impact

Scripture Reading: Matthew 16: 13 - 20 (NIV) When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17Jesus replied, “Blessed ...

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New Purpose from an Encounter with God

New Purpose from an Encounter with God

Scripture Reading: 1 Kings 19: 1 - 18 (NIV) Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.” 3Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, 4while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. ...

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More than a Christian Heritage

More than a Christian Heritage

Scripture Reading: Romans 9: 1 - 5 (MSG) At the same time, you need to know that I carry with me at all times a huge sorrow. It’s an enormous pain deep within me, and I’m never free of it. I’m not exaggerating—Christ and the Holy Spirit are my witnesses. It’s the Israelites . . . If there were any way I could be cursed by the Messiah so they could be blessed by him, I’d do it in a minute. They’re my family. I grew up with them. They had everything ...

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The Power of Repentance

The Power of Repentance

Scripture Reading: Acts 2: 40 (NIV) With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Message:  The Power of Repentance (#7 Power of the Holy Spirit sermon series) Save yourselves from this corrupt generation “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” These are the last words of Paul’s famous sermon The sermon that brought about masses of people turning to God and accepting ...

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The Power of Generosity

The Power of Generosity

Scripture Reading: Acts 2: 44, 45 All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.   Message:  The Power of Generosity (#6 in Power of the Holy Spirit Series) Discomfort Ironic as this may sound, this Scripture passage was used in the past to justify the ideology of Communism Here we read of a congregation coming together, selling their possessions and sharing it with “all men” ...

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The Power of Adoration

The Power of Adoration

Scripture Reading: Acts 2: 43 (NIV) Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. Message:  The Power of Adoration (#5 in the Power of the Holy Spirit series) Adoration for what God is doing There’s a case to be made that the book of Acts is titled incorrectly  It is titled “the Acts of the Apostles” - a name given many years later by Bible editors when the Bible was compiled Shouldn’t it rather be titled ...

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The Power of Humility

The Power of Humility

Scripture Reading:  Act 2: 46 (NIV) “Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,” Message: The Power of Humility (#4 in “Power of the Holy Spirit” series) Paradox of Humility Humility is often seen as being weak Perhaps it has something to do with our body language… we have this idea of a humble body language this is similar to a little doggie ...

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The Power of Prayer

The Power of Prayer

Scripture Reading:  Acts 2: 42 (NIV) They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Message:  The Power of Prayer Teach us to pray - Give us the gift of prayer Luke 11: 1 - “One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray…” Disciples asking - give us the gift of prayer (knowing how to pray) What follows ...

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The Power of Fellowship

The Power of Fellowship

Scripture Reading: Acts 2: 42 (NIV) "They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer." Message:  Power of the Holy Spirit Series #2 - “Power of Fellowship” Definition of Fellowship Definition - “friendly association, especially with people who share one's interests.” What is our shared interest?  I would like to think that is the love for Jesus Greek word:  ...

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The Power of Learning

The Power of Learning

Scripture Reading:  Acts 2: 42 (NIV) “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.”   Message:  “The Power of Learning” First congregation - eager to learn In this series we are turning to the first congregation to find inspiration for growing  In the coming weeks we will look closely at what went on in the first congregation We will look closely at the work of the ...

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Moving Past Previous Convictions

Moving Past Previous Convictions

Scripture Reading: Galatians 2: 11 - 21 (NIV) 11When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. 13The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray. 14When I saw that they were ...

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Love Changes Everything

Love Changes Everything

Scripture Reading: 1 John 4: 7 - 12 (NIV) 7Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Dear friends, since God so loved us, ...

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A Life of Promise

A Life of Promise

Scripture Reading: Acts 2: 38 - 42 (MSG) Peter said, “Change your life. Turn to God and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, so your sins are forgiven. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is targeted to you and your children, but also to all who are far away—whomever, in fact, our Master God invites.” 40He went on in this vein for a long time, urging them over and over, “Get out while you can; get out of this sick and stupid culture!” 41-42That ...

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Letting Go & Moving On

Letting Go & Moving On

Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 12: 22, 23 (NIV) 19David noticed that his attendants were whispering among themselves, and he realized the child was dead. “Is the child dead?” he asked. “Yes,” they replied, “he is dead.” 20Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate. 21His ...

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Easter Sunday Notes

Easter Sunday Notes

Scripture Reading: John 20: 1 - 10 (NIV) 1Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. 2So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” 3So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4Both were running, but the other disciple outran ...

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Palm Sunday -

Palm Sunday - "What the Hell?"

Scripture Reading:  Matthew 27: 45, 46 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. 46About three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). - Psalm 22: 1   Message: “What the Hell?!” Exclamation - What the hell?! As an exclamation or an expression of surprise, we would often say:  “What the…?” Now ...

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