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Sunset (Genesis 25:1‒18)Peter den Haan13th January 201916,328 Kb
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Abraham’s life in this world ends, as did Sarah’s, as must ours. But their story doesn’t. Nor does ours. We are all held by the One who sustains us, made us, carries us, and rescues us (Isaiah 46:4).
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Courage to stand firm (2 Timothy 1:3‒7)Peter den Haan13th January 201920,931 Kb
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We live in a world that can be hostile to our faith, but we were not given a spirit of fear and can have the courage of our convictions.
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Whom shall I fear? (Psalm 27:1-6)Neil Le Tissier6th January 201919,176 Kb
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Our yearly Covenant Service, introducing the motto text for 2019: The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?
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Awaiting a New Start (2 Kings 18:13-20, 28-37)Milton Williams30th December 201819,899 Kb
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We look ahead to a new year with God.
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A great light (Isaiah 9:1‒7)Peter den Haan23rd December 20187,254 Kb
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A brief reflection on Jesus as light in our Nine Lessons and Carols service.
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Prince of Peace (Luke 2:1-14)Peter den Haan23rd December 201821,957 Kb
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What does it mean for Jesus to be the Prince of Peace? How is our peace—with God, with our neighbour, with ourselves?
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Anticipating The Promise (Genesis 23)Peter den Haan16th December 201822,195 Kb
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The death of Sarah marks the beginning of the end of Abraham and Sarah’s adventures with God—but only the beginning of God’s fulfilment of his promises. After all that bartering, the burial plot Abraham buys represents a small advance for the land that was promised to Sarah’s descendants. God’s promise sometimes comes among us in small, vulnerable, and ostensibly insignificant ways; a useful Advent reminder.
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The Lord Is God (Genesis 22)Peter den Haan2nd December 201817,074 Kb
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An unsettling passage about Abraham’s faith and God’s person. Or is it quite as unsettling as it seems at first sight? Whereas for Abraham, God in the end provides the sacrifice, thousands of years later he himself would become the sacrifice in Jesus, the only-begotten Son, the Lamb of God.
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Wonderful Counsellor (Isaiah 11:1-5)Peter den Haan2nd December 201813,877 Kb
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On this first Sunday of Advent, we’re thinking about Wonderful Counsellor , one of Isaiah’s titles for Jesus. He is the one who humbled himself, came among us and, even today, counsels us by his Spirit.
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Laughter and Anguish (Genesis 21)Mary Stringer26th November 201822,531 Kb
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Sarah now finds laughter as God keeps his promise. Hagar’s fate is quite different; yet to her, too, God is faithful in the tears. Who said life was simple?
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The true vine (John 15:1-8)Roger Woodward25th November 201815,315 Kb
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Jesus is our source, into whom we need to be plugged or we cannot grow, flourish, or bear true fruit.
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Faith falters (Genesis 20)Peter den Haan18th November 201814,512 Kb
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Abraham’s faith lacks consistency and he repeats his mistake from Genesis 12 of pretending Sarah is merely his sister. God’s providence alone prevents worse (20:6: “ It was I who kept you from sinning against me.”) As Dale Ralph Davis comments, “there are times when faith doesn’t show up—but God does!”
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Way, truth, life (John 14:1‒9b)Peter den Haan18th November 201813,147 Kb
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We’re continuing through Jesus’ I Am sayings in the gospel of John. This morning, I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:1‒9b), dealing with the radical uniqueness of Christ as the way by whom we can come back to God.
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The Danger Of Drifting (Genesis 19)Louise Morley11th November 201816,193 Kb
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A major theme through the Hebrew and Greek scriptures is our drift away from the covenant. This scene of judgement is a picture for where that leads.
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Remembrance (Micah 4:1-5)Peter den Haan11th November 201819,282 Kb
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What is worth laying down our lives for? We think about war, sacrifice, laying down our lives in discipleship, and God.
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Bartering with God (Genesis 18:16-33)Peter den Haan4th November 201818,767 Kb
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What to make of this extraordinary bartering with God for the fate of Sodom? This is the source for the Hasidic idea that there are 36 righteous people (tzadikim) in the world preventing its destruction. What is our role from a Christian perspective?
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Resurrection and Life (John 11:17-27)Peter den Haan4th November 201813,585 Kb
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I am the resurrection and the life , Jesus says. He is the one who leads us into eternal life—but that is much more than mere “pie in the sky when you die”: resurrection life is anticipated today, and in the Lord’s Supper he has in fact given us some powerful reminders of that.
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Good Shepherd (John 10:11-18)Imogen Nay28th October 201816,938 Kb
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The shepherd image speaks of our reciprocal relationship with Jesus and the Father, his sacrifice for the sheep, and our own unity.
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