Message: June 20, 2021

Sing to God, sing praises to his name Psalm 68: 4 The call to worship God is as old as the world. It is the reason why God created man in His image. The call to worship continues to be in place. And in the church, we find the blessing of responding to God’s call to worship Him and His Name. The aspect that grabs our attention is that it is a call to God’s people, to the collected children of God. As we experience more relaxing of the restrictions, we find joy in the opportunities that present themselves to show in greater numbers our response to the call to… Read More

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Message: May 23, 2021

“For I am sure that … [nothing] … will be able to separateus from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans8: 37-39 With great certainty the apostle speaks about the love ofGod in Christ Jesus. We recognize that the basis for thiscertainty is not in Paul, but in the love of God. That givesconfidence and comfort to all those who experience thelove of God.Today is a day that we celebrate how the Lord Jesus assureus of the love of God, for we are reminded of theoutpouring of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives us thecertainty that we are wrapped in the love of God in ChristJesus… Read More

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Message: May 9, 2021

“…we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing thatsuffering produces endurance, and endurance producescharacter, and character produces hope…”Romans 5: 3-4 A fine, but perhaps slightly confusing statement.Rejoicing in suffering, resulting in great things. How doesthat work? Well, as always, it is in Christ that we havepeace with God. With that in place, nothing that befalls usin this life is impossible to handle. In fact, with the verticalrelationship fully functioning, events in the horizontalaspect of life are taken care of, because peace with Godtranscends all else.

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Message: Apr 25, 2021

5May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, 6that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15: 5-6 This the conclusion of a long letter, beginning with sin and misery, followed by explaining the redemption in Christ. As miserable as we may be in ourselves, like the rest of humanity, so great it is to be able to glorify God the Father with one voice. Sunday activity of worship and thanksgiving is an expression of blessing and thanksgiving.

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Message: Apr 11, 2021

“though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High.” Psalm 46: 3-4 Roaring seas and a river. Two images. The seas are the nations raging. The river is about salvation flowing from the sanctuary. What a powerful statement. As we live in the midst of a raging world, we find joy in the sanctuary. These words give comfort, as the psalm states: The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

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Message: Mar 28, 2021

“For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous forthe unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being putto death in the flesh” 1 Peter 3: 18 The apostle speaks about Christ’s suffering in thecontext of human suffering. That Christ suffered once forsins appears to be understood, but the suffering of thebelievers less so. The apostle spoke about honouring Christ the Lord inyour hearts, being prepared to make a defense about thereason for the hope that is in you… having a goodconscience… good behavior. To me it sounds as if he isspeaking to us. Our conditions and our reactions to itshould be viewed through the lens of Christ’s suffering.After… Read More

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Message: Mar 13, 2021

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean onyour own understanding. In all your ways acknowledgehim, and he will make straight your paths.Proverbs 3: 5-6 It all comes down to faith. Without faith no one fareswell. We know that, for the Bible tells us so. We mustacknowledge that we also need to be reminded of it. Maytoday truly be a faith strengthening experience.

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Message: February 28, 2021

This is the great and first commandment.Matthew 22: 28. The Lord Jesus confirms with so many words what Hewas asked. He answered the Pharisees’ question, but addsthat confirmation. It sounds like a “yes, indeed”. It soundslike an “obviously so…” It shows that there was nothing wrong with thePharisees question. To love God is the obviouscommandment. It was there from the beginning and willbe there to the end. However, to know the words must befollowed by the act of love. Jesus directs the Pharisees andall people to express the commandment in action. LovingGod and loving the neighbour. Loving the Invisible Godand loving the visible neighbour. He challenges us towork on the… Read More

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Message: Feb 14, 2021

What then shall we say to these things? Romans 8: 31 Usually we see this as a Paulinian figure of speech, butwe recognize that there is a real question. In Romans 8,the climax is that God is eternally faithful and loving,but it begins with struggles of various kinds. That’s whythe question is not simply a figure of speech. It is thequestion which nudges us to the response of trusting inGod in all circumstances. We know that there are thosewho, while knowing God and His faithful love and care,do not see fit to apply that to their situation of struggleand weakness.May we be found encouraging one another in thesetimes, by getting… Read More

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Message: Jan 31, 2021

living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerableangels in festal gathering, 23 and to the assembly of thefirstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, thejudge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous madeperfect, 24 and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant,and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word thanthe blood of Abel.” Hebrews 12: 22-24 The nature of our worship service is such that wespiritually connect to the church of all times and places.As the hymn states (52) the church at rest has union withthe church on earth. What a thought to come to church andto be joined by angels and those… Read More

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