The Rich Fool (Luke 12, harvest at Larah)

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.

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Robbing God? (Malachi 3:6-12, Luke 19:1-10)

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.

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Is God in control every day? (Ruth 2)

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.

The LORD brought me back empty (Ruth 1)

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.

 

Titus 1

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,

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