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Sep 23, 2018
Kingdom Come- What About Us
Posted by Sarah Walker
Series: Kingdom Come
  • Sep 23, 2018Kingdom Come- What About Us
    Sep 23, 2018
    Kingdom Come- What About Us
    Posted by Sarah Walker
    Series: Kingdom Come
  • Sep 16, 2018Kingdom Come- Advocating for the Oppressed
    Sep 16, 2018
    Kingdom Come- Advocating for the Oppressed
    Posted by Bill Simpson
    Series: Kingdom Come
    Kingdom Come- Advocating for the Oppressed
  • Sep 9, 2018Kingdom Come- Confronting the Powerful
    Sep 9, 2018
    Kingdom Come- Confronting the Powerful
    Posted by Bill Simpson
    Series: Kingdom Come
  • Sep 3, 2018Kingdom Come 4 – Challenging Culture
    Sep 3, 2018
    Kingdom Come 4 – Challenging Culture
    Posted by Matt Cairns
    Series: Kingdom Come
    Kingdom Come 4 - Challenging Culture
  • Aug 26, 2018Kingdom Come 3 – Including the Excluded
    Aug 26, 2018
    Kingdom Come 3 – Including the Excluded
    Series: Kingdom Come
    Kingdom Come 3 - Including the Excluded
  • Aug 19, 2018Kingdom Come 2 – Mission of God
    Aug 19, 2018
    Kingdom Come 2 – Mission of God
    Posted by Phil Inglis
    Series: Kingdom Come
    Phil Inglis brings us part two of our Kingdom Come series and we ask ourselves, what exactly is God trying to achieve here on earth?  Is Justice simply about equality or is there more to it?  Are we called to fulfil the duty of a Christian or to respond to the beauty of Christ?
  • Aug 12, 2018Kingdom Come 1 – The Inextricable Link
    Aug 12, 2018
    Kingdom Come 1 – The Inextricable Link

    I love tools. Whether it's a hammer, a sewing machine, or even a computer, I love the precision engineering and sheer usefulness of well made tools. With tools, I can build things, repair things, paint things, make things, remodel things and design things in far quicker, more efficient and effective ways.

    There’s a children’s TV show in which a handyman has a bunch of tools that can talk. The builder knows what to do and how to do it, and he asks the tools to help; he shows them what needs to be done and he encourages them as they work together to achieve great things.

    We believe that God is continually at work in the world. We believe that God is on a mission to restore harmony, peace and prosperity to all living things. Before The Salvation Army was called 'The Salvation Army' it was 'The Christian Mission'. Our whole reason for existence is to participate in God’s great mission. We believe that we have been asked to get involved in God’s great mission, to be used as tools by God as he creates and re-creates the universe.

    The question we have to ask ourselves is, "HOW?" How does God want to use people? How does God want to change the world? How willing are we to be used to bring about that change?

    Over the next 7 weeks we will unpack these questions. We will look at what God is trying to achieve, what God wants to do, and how we are asked to get involved in his mission here on earth. Join us at 10am on Sunday as we launch our new series, 'Kingdom Come'.

  • Aug 5, 2018The Power of Prayer 5 – Lead Us, Deliver
    Aug 5, 2018
    The Power of Prayer 5 – Lead Us, Deliver
    Posted by Sarah Walker
    I wonder if you’ve ever paid attention to bugs mindlessly flying into a ‘bug zapper’. You know, one of those contraptions people often have hanging in outdoor entertainment areas to prevent flies and mosquitoes from congregating around food and people. The gadget attracts insects with its light, only to sizzle them when they get too close. If you watch for an extended period of time, you will see bug after bug flying towards the light and being zapped from existence. You would think that an approaching bug might observe the tray underneath the zapping light filled with hundreds of dead bugs and wonder, “Is this really a good idea?”
    Only a bug could possibly be that dense, right? Only a bug would go flying into the same trap that killed countless other bugs, right? Well, what about the glowing light of temptation that the evil one places in front of human beings? Over and over we hear of people who fall into temptations that devastate their lives, destroy their families and end their careers. Perhaps, more commonly, temptation comes in a subtle or hidden form but is just as destructive to the inner self. One thing is certain, temptation is everywhere.
    The Bible makes us aware that we have an enemy that draws us into sin. Scripture not only warns us about temptation, but provides us with tools to resist the lure. It’s important for us, as Christ-followers, to be aware of the temptations of this world and to understand how we can resist with God’s help. Fleeing temptation begins with praying this final phrase of The Lords Prayer, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
  • Jul 29, 2018The Power of Prayer 4 – Forgive us our Debts
    Jul 29, 2018
    The Power of Prayer 4 – Forgive us our Debts
    Posted by Phil Inglis

    Suppose you borrowed money to buy a house. Who is responsible for paying that money back? You are. It’s a simple rule of society, You owe, you pay. You are the debtor, you owe the bank and you are responsible for repayments. Many people live under the financial burden of such a debt and it can have a detrimental impact on their state of mind. It is no surprise that financial pressure is one of the most common reasons why marriages fail.

    The truth is, there is no simple way of dealing with financial debt. You could try talking to your bank to reschedule your repayments and you could review your own spending habits but in the end the debt has to be repaid. Sadly the only real option is to slog away at it and pay the debt back as soon as you can.

    In his teaching on prayer, Jesus talks about a different kind of debt that we run up with our sin and moral failures. When we fail another person, or when we fail God, we add to the weight of shame in our lives. Just as a mortgage can be a burdensome financial pressure on your life, so too can the shame burdens of moral failures.

    Unfortunately this kind of burden cannot simply be removed by arranging a direct debit or handing over a pile of cash. The burden has to be dealt with in another way. It has to be forgiven.

  • Jul 22, 2018The Power of Prayer 3 – Daily Bread
    Jul 22, 2018
    The Power of Prayer 3 – Daily Bread
    Posted by Phil Inglis

    Can you picture this? A teenage girl stands at her open wardrobe, packed floor to ceiling with shirts, pants, dresses, shoes, jumpers, jackets and everything in-between. Her eyes scan back and forth, up and down. She pushes clothes on hangers left and right, looking for something, anything, that suits her fancy. Her face is locked in an expression bordering on disappointment, disgust and frustration. Then she says it. While standing in front of a wall of clothes that could dress a medium-sized village of people, she cries out, "I don't have anything to wear!"

    I have to admit that I'm like this sometimes, except not with clothes, with food. I can spend minutes rummaging around in the pantry, or the fridge looking for a snack. Sometimes I go away and do something else because I can't find something and then I come back again, trying to find that elusive snack. It doesn't matter that there are boxes of cereal, biscuits and other things in the pantry, or eggs, cheese, bread and other things in the fridge. I've been known to say in an exasperated tone, "Why is there nothing to eat in this house?!"

    Jesus taught us to pray, "Give us this day our daily bread." It's annoying to watch a teenager complain that they have nothing to wear when they have so much and I am sure it's annoying to my wife when I complain that there is nothing to eat in the house, when clearly there is plenty. The truth is, we have everything that we need, but because we spend so much of our time comparing and contrasting ourselves to people around us, we find ourselves wanting more and more of what we don't actually need. How do we deal with the feeling of not having enough, or not being enough?