Vicar’s Blog


08
Sep 2017

It was great to be back among you all on the weekend and to share in worship, fellowship, and in exploring God’s Word together.  Exploring the character and leadership on Nehemiah has shown us that he was certainly a man of principle whose reverence for God was a determining attitude in his life. This week the High Court ruled that the postal vote on same-sex marriage was constitutional,  and so we will soon be invited to exercise our right the show our parliamentarians  what we think about the matter.  I encourage you......

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08
Sep 2017

Philip Yancey writes: “Jesus forgave a thief dangling on a cross, knowing full well the thief converted out of plain fear. That thief would never study the bible, never attend a synagogue or church, and never make amends to those he had wronged. He simply said, ‘Jesus remember me.’, and Jesus promised. ‘Today you will be with me in paradise.’  It was another shocking reminder that grace does not depend on what we have done for God but rather what God has done for us.”              ......

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12
Jul 2017

 I came across this little quote by Steven Lawson,  ‘No-one is too weak to be used by God, only too strong’  It is a great reminder of the great Christian truth which Paul espoused when the Lord said to him, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ 2 Corinthians 12:9. Often in our Christian walk, we rejoice in the strengths that God has given us, and minister to one another out of those strengths.  This is good, but it is also a place where we can......

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29
May 2017

  I saw these 10 points about loving, which came from a Coaching Network facebook page.  I thought they would provide us with food for thought. 1. Listen without interrupting – Proverbs 18:13 2. Speak without accusing – James 1:19 3. Give without sparing – Proverbs 21:26 4. Pray without ceasing – Colossians 1:9 5. Answer without arguing – Proverbs 17:1 6. Share without pretending – Ephesians 4:15 7. Enjoy without complaint – Philippians 2:14 8. Trust without wavering – 1 Corinthians 13:7 9. Forgive without punishing – Colossians 3;13 10. Promise......

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29
May 2017

This story about the great African Anglican – Festo Kivengare has much to teach us and will encourage us to think about real sacrificial love.  Nicky Gumble adds the final commentary at the end of the story. In February 1977, Bishop Festo Kivengere was part of a group of church leaders who delivered a letter of protest to the dictator, Idi Amin, speaking out against the beatings, arbitrary killings and unexplained disappearances taking place across Uganda at that time. The next day, Festo Kivengere’s friend and leader, Archbishop Janani Luwum was murdered......

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05
May 2017

We continue this week with some more one Sentence prayers. I hope you find them helpful. 11. Lord help me not find my significance from social media today. Twitter, Facebook, Google+: All are great until we look to them as our significance meter. 12. Lord help me run to your Word for guidance instead of looking for an answer inside Google. Google has provided every answer we need to almost every question we have. Need some advice? Type it into the search bar, hit enter and in .2 seconds you will have......

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25
Apr 2017

I found these short one sentence prayers written by Brett Faris, based on the woman who came to Jesus and simply started by saying – Lord help me.   I have recorded 10 of them in today’s piece and I will use the next 10 next week.  Which one/s are ones you can use during the week to enable you to be a better servant of Christ            1. Lord help me be a better spouse and better parent today than I was yesterday and the day before that. 2. Lord help me to......

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02
Apr 2017

Scott Wilson, a Pastor of Oak Fellowship in Texas, makes the following points of what it means to have the Spirit transform our lives. He argues that the following qualities mark the genuinely Spirit – filled life:                      1. The Spirit will make you passionate about Worship and Prayer                      2. The Spirit will make us hungry for the Word of God                      3. The......

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28
Mar 2017

Ravi Zacharias, writes, ‘over the years I have found that praying for people can sometimes do more for them than preaching to them. ‘     Similarly it is no use preaching the Good News to people unless you are praying for them. Unless we are asking for God’s Spirit to work in people, we cannot expect to see them respond. However, more than this, praying for people acknowledges that we cannot change people, but only God can.   Praying for people acknowledges God’s grace and God’s power is the single most important......

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21
Mar 2017

John F. MacArthur wrote, ‘The true Gospel is a call to self-denial.  It is not a call to self fulfillment’.  Often when we hear these words, we think of self-denial, as an opposite to selfishness.   However, often self-denial can be  the character of not giving into our fears.  Of inviting the Lord to give us courage to act out of love rather than to act to avoid facing our fears.   Often acting in love and with courage confronts fears of rejection, and of failure.  But Christ calls us to a life not......

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