John's church

Riversdale *Province/Other , 9700
03 - 2025725

About John
  • Education: B Th Otago University New Zealand - Hall Diploma Presbyterian Church Aoteoroa New Zealand.
  • Experience: 28 years ministry about 31 years christian service.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: I am only one beggar showing the other beggars where the bread is. It is a smorgasbord - enjoy what you can - but don’t spit on the rest.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: Tony Campolo's story about the prostitute in his book let me tell you a story in fact the whole book is very valuable as a sermon resource.
  • Family: Wife Heather - Four grown sons - 4 Daughter in Laws, 11 Grand children. 3 new children.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Put the Hay down where the sheep can eat it Clovis Chappell What does God want me to know? What does God want me to do? Bill Hybels
  • Books that have had an impact: R A Torrey all his work on the Holy Spirit.
  • Hobbies: Running - oil painting - Play writing as time permits
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Please please consider him - Jesus!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • What I want on my tombstone: I told you I wasn’t well!!! Seriously Hebrews 12 verse 3.
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  • Fulfilling Vision

    Contributed on Mar 13, 2018

    A sermon that shows three key points on fulfilling vision. Uses Nehemiah as a guide to help the individual fulfill god's vision for them

    Fulfilling vision Nehemiah2:12b “I had not told anyone what my God had put in my heart to do for Jerusalem.” Once upon a time…………………..There was a little red hen. You may not know the story .It is originally thought to be a Russian folk story but the synopsis is The industrious little more

  • Dare We Dream Together

    Contributed on Mar 6, 2018

    A sermon that discusses how to get God's vision for our lives.

    What is God’s vision? Dare we dream together. Duncan McGregor was a very famous All black In 1905 part of the Originals team that travelled to Britain, Ireland, France and the United States and that only lost one out of 35 games. While on tour, the British press dubbed him the "Flying Scotsman" more

  • Vision

    Contributed on Feb 26, 2018

    A sermon that encourages every perrson to discover their God given vision for their lives

    .”"Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. "-Proverbs 29:18. I have often felt that we do much better as Christians if we have vision. MArtin Luther King once said I have a dream - it simply changed a nation. Vision genuine vision will attract more

  • Words Are Cheap

    Contributed on Feb 19, 2018

    Looking at Zaccheas and how he follows up his words with actions!

    • View all Sermons Luke 19:1-10 New Living Translation (NLT) Jesus and Zacchaeus 19 Jesus entered Jericho and made his way through the town. 2 There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich. 3 He tried to get a look at Jesus, more

  • Miracles In The Desert Times

    Contributed on Feb 8, 2018

    A sermon using the Acts 8 account of Philip and the Ethiopian to show how God works miracles in the deert times

    Acts 8:26-40 English Standard Version (ESV) Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch 26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south[a] to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. 27 And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a more

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  • Prayer By Sir Francis Drake - Disturb Us Lord

    Contributed on Mar 13, 2018

    Sir Frances Drake Quoted in OC Missionary Prayer Letter of Jeanie Curryer, September, 1997 Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed too little, when we arrive safely because we have sailed too close to the more

  • Touched By A Five Year Old

    Contributed on Aug 15, 2017

    On July 27th In Indiana a policeman, Lieut Aaron Allen was shot by a man he was trying to help. He was killed and he had a five year old son. Not long after police including the police chief drove cars 1- 2 hours down highway 31 in Indiana and arrived in a town with their sirens going. They more

  • The Manor - A Story About The Master Coming Back

    Contributed on Jul 31, 2017

    Here is a story- Driving up to the mansion seemed quite grand. The turrets bathed in the bright sunlight - windows glistened sending wild cascades of light over the pastures. The driveway was, well, elegent to say the least. But immediately Bernard sensed something was wrong. The hedges and shrubs more

  • Joe Bloggs Dream - A New Zealand Poem About Salvation

    Contributed on Jul 28, 2016

    This amazing poem about an imaginary conversion is powerful - it uses New Zealand rural terminology. You need to understand that if you are using it in New York It is called Joe Bloggs dream. It goes like this. Joe Bloggs was just an average bloke, He never went to church. He wasn’t the more

  • A Little Piece On Jesus' Incredible Journey

    Contributed on Mar 17, 2016

    What season are you in. . Jesus had an incredible journey. He was born in dramatic circumstances surrounded by heavenly testimonies and worldly violence lived in a remote and often scorned village - grew up in anonymity a carpenters son and apprentice at thirty years of age he struck out in more