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Together with Christ

What a great day we had last week, celebrating God’s faithfulness and all that we have in Christ! Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make it a special time. Today we’re embarking on 8 weeks of learning what God has to teach us from the letter to the…
Sam Reeve
October 26, 2014
From The Heart

Let’s celebrate

What a great day this is! Celebrating 149 years of God’s faithfulness and blessing to our church. I’ve only been here 8 months, but I have a strong sense that we all are very privileged to be part of what God is doing here. It’s very appropriate that we celebrate…
Sam Reeve
October 19, 2014
From The Heart

We serve a risen Saviour

It must have been remarkable to have been there to see the risen Jesus. More than 500 people had that privilege, according to Paul (1 Corinthians 15). It’s hard to imagine what it must have been like. No wonder that they seem bewildered and didn’t quite know how to respond…
Sam Reeve
October 12, 2014
From The Heart

Jesus is Alive

Jesus said to him, “have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." - John 20:29 The bodily resurrection of Jesus is not a spectacular event with crashing cymbals and blaring trumpets. No, the discovery that He is alive is like…
Alan Baker
October 5, 2014
From The Heart

Walking towards the cross

When you read the account of Jesus’ betrayal and arrest, the one thing that strikes you is his clear-sightedness and determination. Attempts to shield him from the coming sacrifice are swept aside. He tells those who come to arrest him to let the disciples leave (John 18:8); he tells Peter,…
Sam Reeve
September 21, 2014
From The Heart

It’s to your advantage that I go away

This statement (John 16:7) is amongst the parting words of Jesus, as He prepares his disciples for the separation that must soon come. It must have been hard for them to hear that. What possible advantage could there be in Jesus leaving them after three years of sharing his life,…
Sam Reeve
September 7, 2014
From The Heart

Without me…

Jesus makes a remarkable statement to his followers just before he goes to die on the cross. Apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5). If this was to come from the lips of anyone else, we would take it as extremely egotistical and self-promoting. On what basis is…
Sam Reeve
August 31, 2014
From The Heart

Intolerance as the new tolerance

In the public square Christianity is increasingly labelled as intolerant. Part of the reason for this is that a subtle shift has taken place in the way ‘tolerance’ is understood and defined. Whereas tolerance once meant ‘accepting the existence of different views’, now it is increasingly being understood as the…
Nathan Malpass
August 24, 2014
From The Heart

Upside down leadership

There are so many things in the Bible and in the life of Jesus in particular that challenge us and seem to turn our way of thinking about the way the world works on its head. John 13 is one such incident. The whole idea of people knowing where they…
Sam Reeve
August 17, 2014