Contributed on May 6, 2011
Many people feel that Christianity is a crutch, something for the weak. But Jesus’ teaching in the Sermon on the Mount shows that Christianity is radical and it is not for the feinthearted.
In the late 90’s and early 2000’s there was a very popular children’s tv show called Teletubbies. Each week Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa, and Po would go on a fun adventure in Teletubbyland. They would roll on the ground, laugh, run about, and watching real children on the televisions on their ...read more
Contributed on May 13, 2011
We like people to think we are good, but we seek to put in the minimal amount of effort to achieve that status. Jesus calls us to be Kingdom citizens who avoid a minimalistic approach.
Message Humans are interesting creatures aren’t they? On the one hand we mostly want to be seen as being good people who are doing the right thing and who make a positive contribution to the community. On the other hand – in order to achieve this goal – we try and do as little as possible. We ...read more
Contributed on May 19, 2011
We can be actors or we can be real. Ultimately all acting is hypocrisy and a demonstration that we don’t believe in God. We need to be real in spiritual disciplines of our lives.
Message I like words. Especially words which are full of emotion. Politics. Freedom. Romance. Equality. Destiny. They are all words which create emotion. So does this one … hypocrite. The word hypocrite comes from the Greek word for actors. It literally means to put on a mask – which ...read more
Contributed on May 27, 2011
Jesus calls us to look at our lives and choose which way we are going to travel. Will it be with Him, or in the opposite direction. We need to realise that all choices have consequences.
Message We have an army man who for some reason often comes and visits our house - probably because he is dating my daughter. Often we talk about army exercises; especially the firing of mortars – because that is Ben’s speciality. These mortars can travel a distance of 6 kilometres. That means ...read more
Contributed on Jun 10, 2011
When we are sold out for God we can know that God will provide for all our needs and that we do not need to worry - Jesus in this passage shows us how to do that.
Message Do you ever feel fearful about life? It feels like having the Theme Song from Jaws playing itself out in your life. Play part of Jaws Theme Song – while song is playing Money ... Purpose ... Success ... Doubting; Dating; Testing; Taxing; Waiting; Wishing; Crying; Crushing Hating; ...read more
Contributed on Jun 17, 2011
How do we relate to people who are outside our church group? It is easy to judge and keep away - but Jesus calls us to a different attitude. We are to be those who keep building relationships no matter what.
Message What comes to mind when you look at these pictures? (Show a series of photos which would cause people to make some sort of judgement) Ok, keep whatever thoughts you have in mind and let’s read our Scripture passage. Read Matthew 7:1-12 That’s a crunch-time passage isn’t it. Do not judge ...read more
Contributed on Jun 24, 2011
At the end of the Sermon on the Mount Jesus makes it clear - we all face a choice as to the sorts of people we are going to be. Who are you?
Message Have you ever been watching a movie or tv show where they are driving in the car. It is amazing how long they can talk for and nobody is looking out the front windscreen. (Have a pretend conversation). Now, if you did that it real life you would be dead wouldn’t you. But the reality ...read more