Do you like going to the dentist? Most of us don't! But we go because it's better to find out the truth before it's too late. On Sunday we heard Jesus giving us some uncomfortable truths about ourselves, but the good news is that He came to do something about it. You can listen to the talk at the link below.
Is Jesus a liar, lunatic or Lord?
You can listen to the talk on the opening chapters of Mark’s gospel and based on Christianity Explored at the link below.
Is your life successful? What does it mean to be a success? You can read Jesus verdict on a man that everyone else thought was successful here and listen to Bryan Martin’s very helpful and clear harvest talk at Larah Church at the link below:
Thank-you to all who decorated the church and the organist and choir as well, a lot of hard work and a great service.
If you’re married, do you remember how it felt when you proposed? Did you have a plan? What was it like waiting for the response? Ruth had proposed to Boaz and was waiting for an answer, find out what happened here in Ruth 4 and listen to the recording from this morning at the link below:
The first ever Crosslinks regional meeting happened last night! It was great to be joined by Gerald Mwangi our mission partner in Kenya. You can listen to his very clear and helpful talk at the link below and read Matthew 28:16-20 here.
In the game hungry hippos, you try to gobble up as many balls as you can, but if you get the golden ball you can leave all the red ones because you’ve already won! The golden ball changes everything. Zacchaeus was busily gobbling as much as he could, when he met someone that changed everything. You can listen to this morning’s sermon at the link below and read Luke 19:1-10 here and Malachi 3:6-12 here.
Are you ever disappointed? Of course! We can feel let down and disappointed by all sorts of things. What happens if you throw everything into one person? What if you throw everything into the person God provides? Will you be disappointed? You can read Ruth 3 here and listen to the sermon at the link below:
Do you believe that God is in control over every area of life? He’s interested and ruling over your life day to day? He’s watching over every detail of your life such that nothing happens by chance?
Or do you believe that He’s more distant than that, He made everything but then just lets everything get on itself?
The first view is reassuring when things are going well and comforting to a point, but then what when things go wrong? Do we then have to say “God is against me”? Sometimes, it’s less distressing to take the second view in the hard times, to think of God as a little less involved, a little more distant.
If you believe God is in control over every detail of our lives, we can very easily find ourselves asking, why God did you let that happen? Are you against me? That was how Naomi felt in chapter 1 of Ruth you can read Ruth 2 here and listen to the sermon recording at the link above.
Imagine living in Ireland in the 1840s, by 1851 one million had died of famine and one million had fled to North America or Britain. That was something like the world that Naomi and her family were living in, but Ruth and Naomi learnt what Corrie Ten Boom wrote “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
You can read Ruth 1 here and listen to the sermon at the link below.
And here’s part 3! Thanks very much Matthew for your partnership here.
Thanks again to Matthew for this series in Titus, here is part 2:
I’m very grateful to Matthew Topley for leading the services while I was away, and very pleased that he recorded the sermons so that I could listen to them and you can listen again or for the first time if you missed them! You can read Titus 1 here and listen to Matthew’s first talk on living counter-culturally for Christ in the church at the link above,
If you had to write a job description for the rector what would it include? The book of Acts helps us to understand what the priority should be any rector, you can read Acts 6:1-7 here and list to the sermon at the link below:
Mind the Gap between Jesus’ first coming and his return. What should we do while we wait? How should we keep going when it’s tough? Jesus tells us in Luke 17:20-18:8, you can read it here and listen to the sermon recording at the link below.
At the Drung Festival, Reece’s team were unstoppable! You can read Acts 5:12-42 here and you can listen to the recording at the link above to find out about the unstoppable spread of the good news of Jesus!