Sermons tagged with ‘hope’

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The vaporous vapour

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While the book of Proverbs has shown us the good paths of wisdom that God calls us to walk and how following the voice of folly will lead to our demise, it hasn’t given us the whole story. We know that life is far more complex than Proverbs can make it out to be… that […]

The Unshakable Hope

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All of us are looking for a kingdom, not a stereotypical kingdom with a castle and a mote, but we want to set our lives up to be safe, prosperous, and secure.  The people of the first century were likewise tempted to build a life of security and safety for themselves but because they had […]

God’s Story, told by faith

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“You’ve just got to have faith.” This is often the way we end conversations about how it is we believe in an unseen God.  But all too often it feels like a cop out.  I mean what is faith anyway?  Well as the preacher of Hebrews continues to plead with his people to cling to […]

Anchor for Your Soul

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We speak of our faith a lot in church but I wonder how often we stop to consider what faith actually is.  It is easy for us to get confused into thinking that faith is some mystical belief against all evidence… or maybe that faith in built through our striving to attain godliness in one […]

Waiting for Reform

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AS we have journeyed through the book of Malachi we might be forgiven for thinking that the entire nation had completely lost the plot when it came to worship… their worship was nothing more than the smooth, clean shell of a rotten egg. But as we finish the text of Malachi we see that there […]

Waiting for Justice

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When we look out at a world full of injustice, oppression and betrayal it is easy for us to wonder where God might be… if God is a God of justice, why is the world such an unjust place?  People throughout history have asked this question, many of them have been faithful worshippers of God […]

Waiting for Commitment

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We tend to very easily separate the vertical aspect of our life (where we worship God who is above) from the horizontal aspect (where we relate to people alongside of us). As Malachi continues to uncover the brokenness of the society of his day this week he will touch on the most intimate horizontal relationship […]

Hope on the Road to Emaus

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Many of us know the pain of placing our hopes and dreams in somebody that we love only to have them let us down… the disciples we meet this morning were feeling this gut-wrenching pain as they wrestled with how the man they hoped would be the Messiah could have let them down by dying […]

Worship – the chief end of humanity

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Worship is the number one task that God has called us to! And worship informs all the other tasks as well. But so often we get it wrong. Pastor Joe finishes off our doctrine series by looking at 2 common mistakes we make when it comes to how we think about worship… and he will […]

He is stronger

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As we continue to summarise the big themes of this book of Jeremiah, today we measure the full weight of the destruction that the nation of Judah brought upon themselves. But when we see the mess they made we will see that there is still hope… hope that comes the heart of our God.