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  • A Canaanite Woman Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on May 15, 2012
    based on 5 ratings
     | 5,805 views

    Jesus responds to a woman, not simply because he loves all people, but because of the great faith she shows in Jesus.This can be an example for each one of us of how to persevere in prayer and faith in God.

    We Christians often get criticised for our belief in the uniqueness of Christ. People accuse us of being exclusive because we believe that Jesus is the way the truth and the life and no-one comes to the Father except through him. We believe that there’s no other name given under heaven by ...read more

  • Mt Ebal & Mt Gerizim Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Jan 19, 2011
    based on 4 ratings
     | 11,654 views

    God warns of teh dangers and blessings that come with the law of God and provides the means by which sin can be dealt with

    It’s interesting how some places take on a greater significance than others. For Australian sports fans the MCG is the sporting arena. For Elvis fans it’s Graceland in Memphis Tennessee. For car racing fans this weekend it’s Mt Panorama in Bathurst. Di & I have just been to some of the significant ...read more

  • Fear Not Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Jul 6, 2010
    based on 5 ratings
     | 2,389 views

    You are precious in his sight. He knows you and has named you as his. No matter what happens. No matter how hard your life is, God will watch over you and will take you in the end to be with him in his kingdom forever.

    One of the things about looking at a prophecy like Isaiah is that it’s a bit like looking at a mountain range. From close in it can look like there’s just one row of mountains in the range, but then if you get up higher, or fly over it in a plane you see that in fact there are rows of ...read more

  • Life In Christ Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Jul 6, 2010
    based on 5 ratings
     | 1,709 views

    A relationship with Jesus is to be honoured by all. No one should enter it lightly or selfishly, but responsibly and joyfully, with mutual respect and the promise to be faithful.

    By Rev Heather Cetrangolo We are now half way though our teaching series on Paul’s letter to the Colossians. This is exciting because we’re about to get into the very heart of what it’s all about – but first, let’s recap on how far we’ve come … 1.1-14 ...read more

  • The Dedication Of The Temple Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Jul 5, 2010
    based on 7 ratings
     | 7,332 views

    The celebration of the finishing of the Temple that will be the focus of the nation’s worship.

    We were living in Canberra in 1988 when the new Parliament house was opened. What an occasion that was! The Queen was there to open the building. People came to Canberra from all over Australia. There was a huge march and rally by Christians from all over the country who came to march around ...read more

  • The Foolishness Of Soloomon Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Jul 5, 2010
    based on 9 ratings
     | 3,614 views

    For all his wisdom, Solomon acted foolishly so that his heart was turned away form God and so were the hearts of his people.

    I’m not a betting man. In fact, I hate the way gambling usually takes from the poor and gives to the rich. But if you were talking odds, you’d have to say that Solomon was a sure bet. Solomon was a winner. Solomon the wise ruler;Solomon the great temple builder;Solomon the famous ...read more

  • Solomon Builds The Temple Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Jul 5, 2010
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     | 8,087 views

    Solomon finally gets to build the Temple that David had planned - a place where God will be with his people but it's still just a building.

    By Rev Bill Stewart You could be forgiven for thinking that a report of the Building Committee has been subtituted for today’s reading by mistake. To most of our ears today's reading from 1 Kings sounds like a technical report; dull and boring for everyone except the people who do that sort ...read more

  • Living In The End Times Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Jul 5, 2010
    based on 4 ratings
     | 1,697 views

    How are we to live in the light of the end times? We're to be disciplined, clear-minded so we can pray. We’re to love one another at full strength. We’re to serve one another with whatever gift God gives us.

    Repent! The End is Near! It’s one of those cheap laughs that people get at the expense of Christians. Some Christians at least. You see it in cartoons, usually on a sign-board held by a man with a long beard wearing a white robe and sandals. And of course there are many variations of the mad ...read more

  • The Treasure, The Pearl And The Net Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Sep 1, 2009
    based on 5 ratings
     | 3,399 views

    God’s gift of membership in his kingdom is a treasure that’s worth giving up everything else to possess. His gift of his revealed word is a treasure that we can bring out of our storerooms over and over again to apply to each new situation we find ourselv

    Can you imagine this man? Perhaps he’s ploughing a field, just a paid worker, but he suddenly comes across a great treasure, just below the surface. He can’t believe his luck! But what’s he to do? He knows he can’t just take it. The field doesn’t belong to him. Perhaps it’s too big to dig up and ...read more

  • Are We Ready To See Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Sep 1, 2009
    based on 8 ratings
     | 3,442 views

    Simeon and Anna are people who call us to live lives focussed upon God from beginning to end.

    By Rev Bill Stewart Who are your role models in the Christian faith? Just before Christmas I received this card from old friends. I have known Kevin and Audrey for almost twenty years now. They were a great support and encouragement to me when I was at theological college and have continued to be ...read more

  • Come And See, Follow Me

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Sep 1, 2009
    based on 5 ratings
     | 3,448 views

    People come to Jesus because others share with them the good news.

    By Rev Bill Stewart Several years ago I had been invited to a dinner party at the home of some friends from Church. I had accepted the invitation the week before. But when the time came to get ready to go I really didn’t feel up to going. It had been a very busy week at work. When I got home about ...read more

  • The Unmerciful Servant Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Sep 1, 2009
    based on 5 ratings
     | 2,017 views

    Here we have both a reminder of just how great God’s love and mercy is and a warning about the need to respond appropriately, to demonstrate by our attitude to others that we’ve truly joined God’s family.

    I think we all relate to this story. We empathise with the poor servant who only owes a few dollars and is thrown into gaol by the culprit of the story. We feel the sense of powerlessness of the poorer servant. We feel the outrage of the other servants as they see this injustice being played out. ...read more

  • Be Strong In The Lord & In His Mighty Power Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Mar 9, 2009
    based on 4 ratings
     | 1,891 views

    never take for granted the victory over sin that Christ has won for us. Never underestimate the devil. He’ll oppose us at every opportunity. Never give up in the fight against sin and evil. But always remember the power of God and the armour with which he

    Do you remember when we looked at Paul’s prayer in Eph 3 that I commented how difficult it is to achieve the sort of unity that God wants from his church. In fact I pointed out that that’s why Paul prays the way he does: because only by God’s power can this miracle come about. Paul knows that apart ...read more

  • The Final Word Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Aug 8, 2008
    based on 5 ratings
     | 6,418 views

    God is not a God to be trifled with. God is not a God to take for granted. Even if our observation of the world leaves us perplexed and confused, God has revealed himself to us in his word. He’s revealed his plan for the world to us. He’s told us what he’

    You could be forgiven for wondering, as you read through this book, what the writers view on God is. At times he seems like a secular humanist. A little bit jaded by his experience of life; quite cynical about life on earth; almost pessimistic at times about our chances of succeeding in life with ...read more

  • Your Struggle With Worship Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Aug 8, 2008
    based on 4 ratings
     | 6,022 views

    The commandment against idolatry is "good news". It was not given because God enjoyed saying, "You can’t do this" and "you can’t do that either". The commandment against idol worship is at the top of the list after worshipping God because idols are counte

    By Rev Bill Stewart [Marilyn] "Paula, do you think there’s a God?" [Paula] "Of course, there’s a God. What do you think I’ve been on about all these years? God is in everything and everything is in God. You are God, darling, if only you could see it and understand it." [Marilyn] "No, I’m ...read more

  • Your Struggle For Integrity Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Aug 8, 2008
    based on 9 ratings
     | 5,231 views

    the caommandment not to stealis a commandment to maintain one’s integrity in everything we do.

    1 What images come to mind when you hear the eighth Commandment "You shall not steal" (Exodus 20:15; Deuteronomy 5:19)? You shall not take what doesn’t belong to you. If you are like me you might have an image of a masked thief in a stripped shirt climbing over a wall with a bag of loot over ...read more

  • Compassion: 'the King's Reply'

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Aug 8, 2008
    based on 4 ratings
     | 2,272 views

    God wants us to care about whats happening to others in our world

    By Garrett Edwards Every year around this time, people start thinking about what kinds of things they will be willing to sacrifice for world vision’s 40 hour famine. People, churches, youth groups, schools, businesses, if they are so inclined, ask for a little booklet from world vision and ...read more

  • How The Gospel Can Inspire The Church Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Aug 7, 2008
    based on 4 ratings
     | 1,409 views

    Encourage one another with the greatness of the hope that is ours. This hope is so great that it’s all we need to motivate us. It’s a hope that will keep us from the fear of death, keep us from despair, because it promises God’s power to be with us moment

    Someone suggested that today’s service is bit like a funeral, or at least a memorial service and the passage we’re looking at today might reinforce that idea. But I hope that’s not how you see it. This is meant to be a celebration of good ministry that’s happened over a long period of time and ...read more

  • Immanuel -God Is With Us Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Aug 7, 2008
    based on 4 ratings
     | 1,273 views

    Jesus came to overcome those who are opposed to God. So we can have confidence, not in our own ability to overcome those who oppose the gospel, but in the God who sent his only Son as both a sign of his love for us and as the means by which that love coul

    There are times when we find it hard to trust God to look after us. There are times when we think our situation is so bad there’s no way out. There are other times when we think we know the best solution to our problems so we don’t bother to ask God for help. All three of those statements were ...read more

  • Wedding

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Jan 14, 2008
    based on 9 ratings
     | 5,718 views

    True love comes from God and is demonstrated by God in sending Jesus to die for us. Truly Loving one another can be made possible by God’s Holy Spirit living within us.

    Love is a wonderful thing isn’t it? It’s all you need. It makes the world go round. It’s a many splendoured thing. And no doubt you could all quote me several other lyrics from popular songs. But please don’t! No, we all know that Dean and Anna are here today because of their love for one another. ...read more

  • 7 Stars And 7 Lampstands Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Oct 23, 2007
    based on 5 ratings
     | 2,035 views

    Keep the faith, persevere to the end, because you’re already part of his eternal kingdom, already one of his priests able to come into his presence to worship him and to serve him.

    It’s hard to imagine what life was like for Christians in the first century. They were a marginalised minority, looked down on by Jews, Greeks and Romans alike. But as if that wasn’t enough, as the century drew to its end various bouts of persecution broke out against them led by the Roman emperor. ...read more

  • Give God The Honour He Deserves Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Oct 23, 2007
    based on 7 ratings
     | 3,587 views

    Malachi reminds us who it is we worship. We need to approach him with reverence and awe.

    Some people have asked me why I chose Malachi as our next series. Well, there was no special reason, but one thing I’ve discovered as I’ve begun preparing this series is that it’s a great book to be studying right after looking at the letters to the seven Churches in Rev 1-3. Why? Because what I’ve ...read more

  • The Boy Jesus At The Temple

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on May 15, 2007
    based on 25 ratings
     | 13,343 views

    Jesus comes as the Son of God so he must be about his Father’s business.

    If you were here last week you’ll remember that we talked about two sets of words that filled out the basic historical record of Jesus birth: two sets of words that told us amazing news about this child who was born 2000 years ago. Jesus was not just a beautiful baby boy. He was the Christ, ...read more

  • A Tempting Start

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on May 15, 2007
    based on 4 ratings
     | 678 views

    Understand the nature of the temptations Satan throws before you, fight them with God’s word and seek forgiveness from Jesus when you fail, knowing that he understands what it’s like to be tempted.

    Do you ever wonder whether these temptations of Jesus were a fair test. After all, he was the Son of God, so Satan was out of his league really, wasn’t he? It wasn’t like you or me being tempted. I mean Satan hardly has to lift a finger and we give in. But then we’re a lot weaker than Jesus. But ...read more

  • Good News For The Poor

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on May 15, 2007
    based on 4 ratings
     | 1,065 views

    Here is a goal that everyone of us is called to work towards as a part of Christ’s body here on earth: to preach good news to the poor, to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, and to proclaim th

    I wonder how many people were here when we first sat down to work on a Parish Plan. I don’t think there were many of you around back then, though most were when we reviewed that plan a few years ago. But for those who weren’t it was one of the first things we did after I started here. But then that ...read more

  • Jesus Presented At The Temple

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on May 8, 2007
    based on 5 ratings
     | 7,078 views

    Tf what’s happened with his birth we also need God’s word to enlighten us, to fill out for us these events with the rich understanding of God’s plan for the world.

    One of the good things about Christmas is catching up with people you haven’t seen for a while, maybe even since last year. Well, this year I’ve had lots of conversations with people who want to know what’s happening about the merger with St Michael’s. They all want to know how things are ...read more

  • Wisdom - A Matter Of Life And Death Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Apr 23, 2007
    based on 6 ratings
     | 1,344 views

    What difference does it make if you’re wise or not? And what’s so important about being wise? Because if you follow God’s way you will live.

    What difference does it make if you’re wise or not? And what’s so important about being wise? Why does God spend so much space in his written word on encouraging us to be wise? Well today’s passage goes some way in answering those sorts of questions. In fact what we find here is first a warning, ...read more

  • Wisdom: 2 Ways To Live Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Apr 23, 2007
    based on 7 ratings
     | 1,701 views

    Wisdom is the key to life. Choose wisdom. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

    It’s interesting how often in the Scriptures we find ourselves addressed as though we were walking along and had come to a fork in the road. Here we have to make a decision. Do we go right or do we go left? And so often the decision is a life changing one. Joshua in Joshua 24 tells the people they ...read more

  • Esther Pt 2 Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Oct 30, 2006
    based on 7 ratings
     | 2,281 views

    Esther and Mordecai act on their own initiative to bring about the salvatin of the Jews, but God is present in the background bringing things together.

    For those who weren’t here last week or whose memories are like mine and you can’t remember what happened two days ago, let alone last week, let me recap. King Xerxes, king of Persia, has banished his first queen and a search has been made throughout his kingdom for beautiful young girls from ...read more

  • The Enigma Of Humanity Series

    Contributed by Chris Appleby on Oct 30, 2006
    based on 13 ratings
     | 2,825 views

    Humanity is at the same time insignificant and the pinnacle of God’s work of creation

    The danger with a series of sermons on the theology of humanity, the danger of thinking about who we are, what we’re here for, what it means to be human, is that it could, very easily, turn into just another exercise in humanism. We could spend our time thinking about all the great things human ...read more