The Story, the True Story

Scripture: Luke 1:26-38 and 2 Samuel 7:1-11, and v16 (N.B. Luke 1:46b-55; Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26; and Romans 16:25-27- also on Year B Advent 4) Scripture: David & Mary’s Relationship with God David’s intentions appear good, but God’s reaction suggests the King has got it wrong. David has underestimated God, despite knowing Him better than anyone […]

Waiting, Waiting, Waiting … or ‘Here We Go Again!’

Scripture: Mark 1:1-8 (N.B. Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; and 2 Peter 3:8-15a- also on Year B Advent 2) It’s Advent – Christmas is coming: again!  Liz does the preparations – cards, presents, annual message to the Nation, food shopping, visit whose parents at Christmas and New Year? Parties at work, concerts at school, visiting […]

The Son of Man is Now Christ the King

Scripture: Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24 and Matthew 25:31-46 (N.B. Psalm 100; Psalm 95:1-7a; and Ephesians 1:15-23 – also on Year A Ordinary 34/Proper 29) Introduction. The ‘Credit Crunch’ worrying everyone, but terrible things happening to poor people in the Congo put our worries in perspective. It’s a good time to think about helping the poor: but […]

Leadership in the Kingdom of God, 2.0

Scripture: Judges 4:1-7 and 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 (N.B. Psalm 123; Zephaniah 1:7, 12-18; Psalm 90:1-8, [9-11], 12; and Matthew 25:14-30 – also on Year A Proper 28/Ordinary 33) Introduction Topical to think about who can lead in the Kingdom, (I don’t do topical, I do Biblical, but it’s the scripture for today). Judges 4:1-7:  Deborah […]

Remembrance for the Future

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18 and Matthew 25:1-13 (N.B. Joshua 24:1-3a; Psalm 78:1-7; Wisdom of Solomon 6:12-16; Amos 5:18-24; Wisdom of Solomon 6:17-20; and Psalm 70 – also on Year A Ordrinary 32/Proper 27) Scripture Thessalonians:  Probably Paul’s earliest letter, Sent in haste to deal with a specific issue. Paul is eager to help and […]

God’s Judgement on Those Who Forget His Commandment

Scripture: Ezekiel 21 We’ve just heard from Ezekiel in about 590BC, prophesying that Babylon would destroy Judah and Jerusalem – all that was left of the 12 tribes of Israel.  It’s easy to think of such apocalyptic OT writings as a bit literary and not literal, but before Ezekiel was a refugee and prophet, he was […]

Christian Leadership

Scripture: Matthew 23:1-12 and 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 (N.B. Joshua 3:7-17; Pslam 107:1-7, 33-37; Micah 3:5-12; and Pslam 43 – also on this day) Jesus words on Leadership Jesus acknowledges that the Pharisees have authority but says not to follow their example. He lambasts them for 4 crimes. First, they failed to practice what they preached. […]

Abundant Encouragement

Scripture: Romans 8:26-39 (N.B. Genesis 29:15-28; Psalm 105:1-11, 45b or Psalm 128; 1 Kings 3:5-12; Psalm 119:129-136; and Matthew 12:31-33, 44-52- also on this day, Proper 12 Year A) Introduction God knew that we would face difficulties and weakness, the Christian life would not always be an easy one lived with strength. Scripture In Romans, […]

Murder, Murder, Murder

Scripture: Exodus 20:13 and Mark 10:17-31(N.B. Job 23:1-9,16-17; Psalm 22:1-15; Amos 5:6-7, 10-15; Psalm 90:12-17; and Hebrews 4:12-16- also on Year B Proper 23) Hello everyone, I’m Simon and I’m one of the elders at City like North Adelaide. it’s my privilege to be preaching to you this morning and bring you a message about […]

You Are Good Soil- What’s Your Harvest?

Scripture: Matthew 13: 1-9, 18-23.  (N.B. Genesis 25: 19-34; Pslam 119: 105-112; Isaiah 55: 10-13; Psalm 65: (1-8), 9-13; and Romans 8: 1-11 also this day – Year A Proper 10.) Introduction It’s good to be back, after our COVID lockdown! The Parable of the Sower I have heard this parable explained in two ways:  […]

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