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Luke 12:13-21: The Parable of the Rich Fool

There is a sin which every person here struggles with that Jesus addresses next, the sin of Greed/covetousness. On a daily basis we wake up to a heart that is dissatisfied with what it has and thinks that happiness lies in having more. When on the hunt to purchase something we need, for just a few more dollars we get an upgrade with better options. Once we have bought it we get buyers regret because once we get the thing we thought we always wanted it has flaws and limitations and can’t do everything we want. We spend a...


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1 Corinthians 2:1-5: Gospel Centred Preaching

Thanks to Ian Goodman for preaching for us this morning. Ian is the pastor of Wilson Street Baptist Church in Timaru. 1 Corinthians 2:1-5: Proclaiming Christ Crucified 1 And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, 4 and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit...


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The Problem of OT Genocide

Introduction: Richard Dawkins once described God as: “…the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.” The ethics of the OT and in particular the commands to eradicate the Canaanites from the promised land, the so called commands to commit genocide or ethnic cleansing are a strong reason for disbelief in the God of the Bible today. Today we want to spend some time thinking about the commands of God to enter...


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The Argument From Desire

Introduction: We have been looking at the traditional arguments for God such the moral argument, the ontological, the cosmological, and the teleological argument for God. However, we have not been using them in the traditional way. The traditional way built upon Catholic or Arminian notions of man’s depravity makes it appear as if man’s mind is neutral before obvious facts, and that man can reason himself into believing in God. We have disagreed with this from the start. We have insisted that man’s sin makes him unable to be neutral or willing to believe what is present to be...


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Proverbs 13:12 – Heartsick or Satisfied?

Introduction: Today we are going to be reflecting on our hearts, our desires and what satisfies us.  We are coming to the end of 2018 and approaching a new year.  It is a good time to take stock and be deliberate in our plans for the coming year.  The verse for our reflection is Proverbs 13:12, ‘Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.’  The book of proverbs is a particularly fitting book to reflect on as we seek to plan for 2019.  It is a book about wisdom; practical wisdom on...


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1 Kings 11:9-43: The Chastening of the Lord

Introduction: We come to the last message in the life of Solomon and the question that immediately jumps into our mind is: did Solomon go to heaven? If 1 kings 11:1-8 was all we were told then we might say no. However, the book of Ecclesiastes is a memoir of a sort written by Solomon and it is credited to be written by him at the end of his long life. The book describes the futility of the many things Solomon engaged in and how the meaning of life is to love God and keep His commands, Ecc. 12:13-14,...


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1 Kings 2:13-46 – Choosing a Kingdom

Introduction: Having any other king but the God-given King Christ is the heart of sin.  In our day and age we don’t have real kings any more so this notion might fall on deaf ears.  But the portion before us reminds us that there are many things that we serve as kings that are not necessarily flesh and blood.  We are looking at the succession of Solomon to the throne.  David has just died, and David’s closing words to Solomon were about dealing with those subversive elements which were challenges to his reign.  The portion before us records four...


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Envy: Proverbs 23:17-24:2

INTRODUCTION: Today I would like to speak to you about what has been called one of our ‘respectable sins’, envy.  Envy, jealousy, coveting, illegitimate wanting, sinful desiring, etc.; this is a sin you and I are assaulted by every single day.  You and I have the hearts of adulterers and adulteresses, ‘prone to wander.’  We need to be most aware of this sin and how it works in our hearts.  We see coveting as idolatry as Paul tells us in Col. 3:5, but your government sees covetousness, your consumer desires, as the heart and soul of our economy and...


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2 Samuel 18:1-19:8: Judgement on Absalom

Introduction: Love made a god becomes a demon.  This is a paraphrase of a point C S Lewis makes in his book The Four Loves.  When we love something too much, when we make a god of it, we turn it into a terrorising demon in our lives.  Central to the books of 1 and 2 Samuel is the notion of God sovereignly causing His will to come to pass, the same is true of 2 Samuel 18:1-19:8 as we see God judging Absalom.  But there is always a side story as we have documented the sins or obedience...


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2 Samuel 16:1-14: David’s enemies – Part One

Introduction: If I had to ask you what is one of the most destructive weapons at man’s disposal; what would you name? Over and over again the bible names the tongue. James 3:6, ‘And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.’ This verse tells us that the tongue is truly a weapon of mass destruction. It creates a whole world of unrighteousness, it stains the whole body, it sets on fire one’s...


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Judges 17-18: Homemade religion

Outline Household gods Homemade priest Introduction Saving the worst for last. What we are about to study is so very terrible, the author has taken things out of chronological order to make his point. Chapters 17-18 mark a deep religious failure on the part of God’s people; and 19-21 mark a deep moral failure. Please note that the deep religious failure precedes the deep moral failure. We are living in a world of profound moral degeneration where truths that have held for centuries have been overturned in a single generation. This all begins with a drift from true religion....


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The Spirit Filled Marriage 7: Husbands love your wives

Outline Defining love Describing love Introduction Why do we love? One physicist gives us the evolutionary perspective, ‘Biologically, love is a powerful neurological condition like hunger or thirst, only more permanent. We talk about love being blind or unconditional, in the sense that we have no control over it. But then, that is not so surprising since love is basically chemistry. While lust is a temporary passionate sexual desire involving the increased release of chemicals such as testosterone and oestrogen, in true love, or attachment and bonding, the brain can release a whole set of chemicals: pheromones, dopamine, norepinephrine,...


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Revelation 8:6-12: The 7 trumpets

Sorry, no audio recording is available. Outline How to read the Trumpets The first 4 Trumpets Introduction Some of the scariest portions of the bible are those where God sends His ministers not to soften sinners for salvation but to harden sinners for judgement. We see an example of this in the ministry off Isaiah. In Isaiah 6 Isaiah has his throne room experience where he sees the Holy One and is then cleansed and then set apart for ministry. He is set apart to a ministry of hardening, 6:8-10, ‘And I heard the voice of the Lord saying,...


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