Devotional – “Its Alive!” (20 May 2018)

For those of us who’ve been Christians for a long time, we can sometimes come to the Bible as though it’s got nothing new to teach us. A few weeks ago, I was preparing to preach on Rahab and the spies in Joshua 2. It’s a Sunday School favourite. I’ve...

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Devotional – “Mothers’ Day” (15 May 2018)

This Sunday is Mothers’ Day (and if you’d forgotten, consider this a free reminder). For many, it’s a day to spoil our mums and grandmas, make them breakfast in bed, take them out to lunch, give them flowers and chocolates. For many, it’s a day to celebrate our mums and...

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Devotional – “The Ultimate Sacrifice” (29 April 2018)

This week the morning light gathered to the strains of Reveille on another ANZAC Day, as we gathered to remember the fallen and honour their sacrifice for our peace and freedom. I’ve experienced Remembrance Day events in South Africa and England, but there is something quite unique about the sense...

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Devotional – “Real Saving Faith” (22 April 2018)

When Jesus was crucified, two men were executed alongside him. English Bibles sometimes call them ‘thieves’, but this is really too soft. The kind of person who would receive the death penalty by crucifixion in the Romans Empire were the very worst of people. These men were possibly part of the...

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Infants & Children and the Word of God

You may wonder why we have children in our worship service at Grace through the Bible reading before the sermon. In Deuteronomy 29: 10-13, we find that even the children, the little ones, were to be in covenant with God: “All of you stand today before the LORD your God:...

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Devotional – “Good Desperation” (11 April 2018)

  “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.” – Psalm 121:1, 2 (ESV) We usually think that the words “good” and “desperation” don’t fit well together. That is generally our perception of...

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Devotional – “Rejoice!” (01 April 2018)

Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again, I will say, rejoice!” Joy is to be a permanent fixture in our biblical, Christian walk. Do we need to explain what joy is?  Not really. It is something most human beings have experienced to some extent and it is certainly something...

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Devotional – ‘No “Write-Offs”’ (18 March 2018)

“Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear…” (Isaiah 59:1 ESV) Is there a person or group of people that have been so wicked, so stubbornly resistant to the Gospel, that we have considered them a “write-off”? These would...

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Devotional – ‘Who is in your sights?’ (11 March 2018)

“Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.” (John 12:2, NKJV) Derek Thomas, a few years back, told this story: “A dear, dear lady,...

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