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Rev's Ramblings

Sun 6 Oct

How many signs does it take to bring about belief in the Lord Jesus? What is the purpose of signs? Of course I am not talking about a road direction sign or speed restriction sign or an oil warning sign on your car engine. Jesus had performed many signs or miracles. He had calmed storms. He had...


Sun 29 Sep

Who did you pick to win the AFL Grand Final? Was your team there? What criteria did you use to pick your winning team? Or just may be you did not care about the football. You are now glad it is over and you can get on with watching a summer of cricket.

Whatever criteria you may have used to choose...


Sun 22 Sep

As we have moved through the good news that Matthew presents us with we have seen Jesus exercise power over storms, over illness, over the spiritual realm, over death and over the Sabbath. We have seen Jesus give an invitation to come and join Him. We have seen something of His heart – humble and...


Sun 15 Sep

Reading through the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20 we discover that the command to “Remember the Sabbath” is the longest of the commandments. Why is this? Are we prone to forgetfulness which is why the LORD said we would need reminding to remember the Sabbath. Or is it possible in our own mind one of...


Sun 8 Sep

Why is it that some sinners repent and others do not? Why is it that some sinners can hear the good news and straightaway respond, and others hear the same message but fail to respond? Why does God hold me accountable for my actions when He is the One who is sovereign and in control?

These are deep...


Sun 1 Sep

Doubt is an interesting topic for Christians. Should a Christian doubt? Some will say Christians should not doubt. Others will say there are Christians who do doubt. Doubt can be destructive like the illustration James uses of the person who is like the wave blown here and there. You are always...


Sun 18 Aug

The beginning of Matthew 10 has Jesus calling 12 followers who would be sent out with His full authority. They were a group who would be totally dependent on Him. However, little did they realise what they would face as they went out following His instructions. He warned them that as they went out...


Sun 11 Aug

How does one go about choosing an Ambassador. An Ambassador is one who represents the organisation that is sending them. They agree to the ideals of what the organisation stands for. The organisation could be a country so the Australian Government chooses an Ambassador to represent it in the United...


Sun 4 Aug

When we talk about heaven, what exactly are we talking about? For some it might be an ice-cream or a chocolate or a long awaited holiday in the tropics where one could get warm. It might be seeing a friend you haven’t seen in years or driving the car you dreamed about or purchasing a home you have...


Sun 28 Jul

A stranger in a strange land is often a description used to describe the travels of Abraham as he sought to follow the Lord, at times not knowing where he was heading apart from putting his trust and faith in God who was directing his footsteps.

Maybe you have felt that way as a Christian. You feel...


Sun 23 Jun

Little did Malachi and the people he was ministering to realise that these six verses would be the last for some four centuries These words would form a final word before the living Word, Jesus Christ came.

What then did God consider important for His people to know? A constant cry was the activity...


Sun 16 Jun

There is the expectation that if you make a promise then you will keep what you have said you would do. What is at stake is your word and your character! So if you say you will do something, may be even take the garbage bins out, then the family expects the bins out. Or if you say you will take your...


Sun 9 Jun

If there is one thing that people hate or intensely get upset over in our day and age is the apparent lack of justice that has crept in. If you have a plausible excuse, then the likelihood of a reduced sentence is highly likely. A senseless murder is committed and the perpetrator is out on parole in...


Sun 2 Jun

With the explosion of electronic means of communication, phones are no longer phones. Emails can be sent around the world in the blink of an eye. Text messages can be sent with equal speed. Facebook and Twitter and other forms allow opinions to be expressed whether favourable or unfavourable,...


Sun 26 May

When spiritual leadership fails is a subject much discussed both in the churches and in the secular world.  Hence the reason for a Royal Commission into the abuse of children by authorities, whether that authority is a church, a school, or a sporting club.

Although there will be some who may think...


Sun 19 May

Some this morning might think that with a question like that, we hope the writer is not serious. And if he is serious then we hope it is not our church he has in mind. The church down the street, but certainly not ours. Sadly, as you drive around, we do discover churches that have closed their...


Sun 12 May

Today, Aussies celebrate Mother’s Day. A day to give thanks for the role mothers have played in our lives. A time to give thanks for their nurture and care. Admittedly there are some mums who do not deserve the title of mum. There are other families who journey through this Mother’s Day without a...


Tue 7 May

“Why Palm Sunday”? sounds like a strange question, particularly if you ask it of someone who has been a Christian for some time. Palm Sunday is a day set aside by Christians to celebrate and remember Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. It is held on the Sunday before Easter. Yet, what does the...


Sun 5 May

If, after the service the person sitting beside you asks, “How do I know God loves me?” What would be your response? It is a question God’s people were asking of the prophet Malachi. Now the prophet explains that God has loved you. Yet the people still ask, “How have you loved us?”

What would...


Sun 21 Apr

“Why Palm Sunday”? “Why Good Friday”? “Why Easter Sunday”? sound like strange questions. Do we have answers for them? When we go home from the Easter Sunday Worship Service and our next door neighbour or your work colleague asks you on Monday what you did over the long weekend what would say? Would...


Sun 21 Apr

“What comes after the resurrection? Or more to the point, what comes after Easter Sunday”? We have looked at Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday. What is next after the resurrection? Some might say the ascending of Jesus to be seated with the Father on the throne. Others might say the coming...


Sun 7 Apr

Matthew has been building a case that Jesus is the Christ, the Anointed One. He has given a genealogy for Jesus. He has recorded a challenging sermon as to how a member of the coming Kingdom will live. He has recorded incidents where Jesus’ authority and power have been seen. Jesus has healed people...


Sun 31 Mar

Being out in a boat on a lake with a fishing line over the side is the epitome of bliss for some. Unless of course the fish are not biting. However being out in a boat on a lake can also be quite dangerous. Storms can blow up fairly quickly and waves can take water over the side of the boat. What...


Sun 24 Mar

Jesus has been telling any who would listen that the Kingdom of Heaven is coming. He has indicated in a sermon to His followers how to act and treat one another. He has given proof that He is the Christ.

In the verses from Matthew 8 that we look at today Jesus gives an indication of the cost that...


Sun 17 Mar

The paragraph before us this morning is Romans 3:21-26. It is the passage in the Bible that most simply and clearly answers the question, “Why did God the Father have to send Christ , his beloved Son, to die on the cross?”

Paul says that the work of Christ for our salvation was a work of...


Sun 10 Mar

If you required a health specialist what would you look for?  Would you look at their credentials?  Would you look at where they studied?  Would you look at what experience they have?  Would you ask how many surgeries they have performed?  Or do we not even care?  So long as the surgery gets done,...


Sun 3 Mar

There are many stories in the Bible that point us to God and His plans for us. Some of them will be your favourite story. Stories that speak of His justice, His compassion, His love, His grace. Jesus’ encounter with a leper points us to a God of grace.

It is a marvellous story. Lepers were...


Sun 24 Feb

Foundations are put down for many things. A foundation is designed to hold in place what sits on top of it. Under your house will be foundations that hold the walls in place. Under the church are foundations to hold the floor and walls. When you drive into Pacific Werribee Car Park are foundations...


Sun 17 Feb

Moses led the people out of slavery in Egypt. They had been out of the Promised Land for over 400 years. God gave them the 10 Commandments as to how God’s people were to live their lives in relation to God and each other. Jesus proclaimed the Kingdom of Heaven is near. There were those who chose to...


Sun 10 Feb

Jesus has begun His ministry. He has gone around Galilee and areas of darkness proclaiming that the Kingdom of Heaven is near. Many would be familiar with such proclamations. The kingdom of the Egyptians is near. The kingdom of the Babylonians is near and about to over run us. The kingdom of the...


Sun 3 Feb

It is the time of year where AFL Clubs start to increase the training regime of their players and look at who will be available for the Round 1 games. Some players have hurt themselves in the off season and are still recovering. Others are wondering if they will ever be ready to run out for that...


Sun 27 Jan

There are many temptations. Could be fruit – Adam in the Garden was tempted with fruit. We would normally see the enticement of fruit as tempting but if it is pleasing to the eye and sweet to taste then we may well yield to the temptation. We all face temptations and they will vary from individual...


Sun 6 Jan

If you knew someone very important was coming to Wyndham, how would you go about advertising the important meeting. A media blitz on television. A double page spread in the local paper. May be even hire an influencer on electronic social media.

What did God do when He introduced His Son to the...


Sun 30 Dec

As we read through these few verses, we cannot help but notice how many of these prophecies Jesus is fulfilling. On three occasions Jesus is said to have fulfilled prophecy. What is the likelihood of that happening? I will leave that for the mathematicians to figure out.

Even so, how many fulfilled...


Sun 23 Dec

Jesus has begun His ministry. He has gone around Galilee and areas of darkness proclaiming that the Kingdom of Heaven is near. Many would be familiar with such proclamations. The kingdom of the Egyptians is near. The kingdom of the Babylonians is near and about to over run us. The kingdom of the...


Sun 16 Dec

When you are pulled over for a random breath test by the police one of the first things they ask you for is your license to verify who you are. When you go into a bank to open a new account one of the things they ask you for are documents to verify who you are. When you go to board an international...


Sun 9 Dec

The letter to Philemon might be small but it packs a punch when it comes to doing what is actually asked. Jesus said to His followers at one point that they will know you are my disciples by the love you have for one another.

Although we would agree with Jesus’ words, and given the right...


Sun 2 Dec

There is a word that is repeatedly used by Paul when he writes to Titus. It is the word “good”. It is used at least six times. Paul concludes the letter by reminding the Christians that they are to devote themselves to doing good. But what would such good works or deeds look like?

We might consider...


Sun 25 Nov

Think back to a time before you were a Christian. Now for some that might be challenging because you were raised in a Christian family. For others you were not raised in a Christian family. How did you know what a Christian should do or be?

Paul is writing to Titus who is pastoring several churches...


Sun 18 Nov

There are three letters written by Paul commonly called the Pastoral Letters. They are called pastoral because they are written to pastors – Timothy and Titus. The letters provide teaching on how the church functions and operates. Over the next three Sundays we will study the letter Paul writes to...


Sun 11 Nov

The traditional concept of marriage is under attack. Television shows such as “Married At First Sight” and “Bride and Prejudice” not only make a mockery of marriage but undermine the concept of marriage. For many it has become a relationship that can be opted in and out of at any moment.

Ezra the...


Sun 4 Nov

What news do you find appalling? Maybe you’ve seen something on the news which leaves you thinking what is the world coming to? In the mid-70’s the band Skyhooks had a song entitled, “Horror Movie”. The horror for them at the time was the horror of the 6pm news. It would be interesting to compare...


Sun 28 Oct

Over the past few months I have been reading a book labelled as a New York Times best-seller. It is called “Bonhoeffer – Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy.” I had heard of Dietrich Bonhoeffer but I really knew next to nothing about him. So when the opportunity came to purchase 600 page biography of his...


Sun 21 Oct

“Why Am I Here?” is a question we can approach from different aspects. We can look at it from the point of view as to why I am in church this morning? For some it is to worship God or to be encouraged or to encourage our brothers and sisters in Christ? For others you were dragged along by a family...


Sun 7 Oct

The end of the AFL season has seen many celebrations. The Grand Final, the Brownlow, mad days, individual club’s best and fairest. All of which have come with various celebrations. And it is good to celebrate and give thanks and praise for those who have achieved during the course of the AFL season.

...


Sun 30 Sep

We are sometimes surprised by the projects around the house we have started. We find items we thought we had lost, or projects we had started long ago but completely forgotten we even had them. It could be a book you started reading but time pressures forced you to put it down, never to be picked up...


Sun 23 Sep

Discouragement can hit us at any time. When events don’t go as planned, discouragement can hit. Events can take place that we never expected and we become discouraged. You put your all into a ministry and it falls to pieces. You spend time sharing the gospel with someone only to have them turn their...


Sun 16 Sep

When building you need the right foundation. It does not matter whether it is a house, a skyscraper, or your life the right foundation is required. Of course a different foundation will be required for each. If the right foundation is not used then sooner or later what we have built will come...


Sun 9 Sep

By now you have read Ezra Chapter Two and you are most likely thinking , “What can be gained from a study of these 70 verses, unless of course you want to expand your vocabulary of names.” When Paul wrote in the first century he indicated to those brand new Christians and a young pastor that “All...


Sun 2 Sep

It is a bold statement to make. “God Is Sovereign Over All!” It is a challenging attribute to ponder. Our sinful human nature leads us to think that if God is sovereign then He can’t be very loving if he allows tragedy or terrorism or disaster or illness to strike us. It points us to think that He...


Sun 26 Aug

God has given us a place to live. You can call it planet earth. But if you were the creator would you allow man to take residence. Genesis One tells that man rebelled against their Creator in the Garden. When God planted a vineyard in Isaiah’s time He placed His people in it.

God expected His...


Sun 12 Aug

If you were given one dollar, what would you do with it? May be buy a cholate bar on special. If we each combined our coins what would we get? Some might say Coins For Mission. Individual coins by themselves are not worth much, but combined can bring tremendous benefit to missionaries in need.

What...


Sun 5 Aug

We often hear stories of Good Samaritan performing acts of kindness to people in need. It could be an off duty nurse coming to the aid of someone who has collapsed on the footpath due to a sudden heart attack. Or an individual rushes into a burning building to save a life.

Perhaps you have a story...


Sun 29 Jul

The only time many think about eternal life and eternity is when a death occurs of someone close to us or we attend a funeral. And even though you can say at the funeral that without Christ men and women are on their way to hell, people still do not listen and get it. Indeed, without Christ we are...


Sun 22 Jul

In our passage this morning Jacob’s uncle Laban tricks him into marrying his two daughters, Rachel and Leah. Laban did wrong – he sinned – when he did this, and Jacob also did wrong – sinned – when he agreed to marrying more than one woman.

Looking at this story, the first thing to remember that...


Sun 1 Jul

Our multicultural society holds many views of what happens at death. There is nothing after death, let’s eat, drink and be merry. Or we are reincarnated. Or many have no idea. They have not thought through what will happen to them once they enter eternity through death’s door. Then there is the...


Sun 24 Jun

Throughout history there have been many suggestions put forward as to how one is right in God’s eyes. There were those who said you needed a certain knowledge. Others suggested you commit to doing certain actions. The followers of the Way indicated that it was belief and confession of Jesus as Lord...


Sun 17 Jun

They say persistence pays off. If you want to get fit then persisting with exercise is needed. If you want to get your computer working then you persist with it. If you have a tree root in the garden then persisting with the shovel may see you get it out. What have you persisted with?

When we read...


Sun 10 Jun

The parable of the shrewd manager is a perplexing story. It is a story which raises puzzling questions. Is Jesus commending dishonesty in the manager? Is Jesus advocating that one can buy their way into heaven? It is a strange parable.

However, it raises an issue of priority. What are we prepared...


Sun 3 Jun

We all have lost stories we can share with others. Whether it be lost keys, lost book, lost superannuation. We also have stories of lost children, they may have been physically lost, but there is also the heartache of losing a child spiritually.

The parable of the lost son focuses on a son who...


Sun 4 Mar

"Judgement" is an interesting word to think about. We normally think of judgement as being in the negative. I sit for a maths exam and I am judged to do badly. Or the speed camera has judged me to be 5km/h over the speed limit. May be you have some interesting judgement stories you would like to...


Sun 11 Feb

Recently there was a train derailment in the USA. It occurred when a passenger train ran into a stopped freight train. The engine driver and the conductor were killed. How did it happen? This is what investigators want to know. How could a passenger train travelling at full speed suddenly find...


Sun 4 Feb

Newspaper headlines don't seem to change much. I remember a minister saying in a sermon that he was in a waiting room and he picked up a magazine to browse through, and could not get over how accurate the headlines were in comparison to what was happening out there in the world. Then he glanced at...


Sun 7 Jan

Murder, sin, and an uncaring attitude toward those in need could summarize our own culture, but it certainly summarises the events of Genesis 4 where Cain lures his younger brother, Abel, out into the fields and kills him. Why he took such action could be put down to a combination of apparent...


Sun 31 Dec

It is that time of year when people look at the year just gone and ponder the year that is about to unfold. When you think back twelve months ago, can you remember the resolutions that you made? Are they still in action now or were they promptly forgotten? Maybe for you the year about to start comes...


Sun 24 Dec

Christmas is nearly upon us. The excitement builds as we wait in anticipation as to what our gifts will be like. A pair of socks which are quite practical but generate little excitement. Maybe it is the usual chocolate which you have to admit you do like. Maybe it is completely unexpected. What will...


Sun 17 Dec

When we come to Christmas much of what we call Christmas is strangely missing from the Gospel accounts of Matthew and Luke. The only gift mentioned is that which the wise men brought from the land of Persia.

Where in our rush to celebrate Christmas do we find mention of Jesus. Christmas carols are...


Sun 10 Dec

Christmas and Birthdays come but once a year. Yet the wait for each of them can be different. When it comes to birthdays, adults feel they come around too quickly, while children think they do not come often enough. The same thinking applies to Christmas. The older we get, the quicker Christmas...


Sun 3 Dec

There are times when we ask questions about our origins. Where did I come from? Why am I here? Perhaps you have pondered as King David did in Psalm 8 where David thinking out loud asks the question, "What is man in relation to all of creation?"

Maybe such thinking is entirely new to you. Maybe such...


Sun 19 Nov

How do you want to be remembered when it comes to people reflecting on your life? What will people read on your gravestone? When a budding historian writes on your life as part of Wyndham Presbyterian Church what will they discover about you as they read minute books of church meetings?

Romans 16...


Sun 12 Nov

What is your ambition? What would you like to accomplish with your life? Maybe you have a long held dream? Where does God fit into your long held dream?

In these verses Paul gives the reader a glimpse of his long held ambition and dream. He tells us in Romans 15:20 something of that long held...


Sun 5 Nov

If you wanted to see the Holy Spirit at work in someone's life, what would you look for? If the Spirit is at work in your life, how would you know? They are interesting questions to ponder. Now some may say you would look for repentance and sorrow over sin. Others might say that you would look for...


Sun 22 Oct

We all hold different opinions on various matters. Just start talking about politics or religion or death or taxes and you will find a multitude of opinions out there. Talk about AFL and you will raise a host of different opinions. When it comes to Christianity, we discover there are differing...


Sun 24 Sep

Spring is upon us. We can tell because the weather is warming up. We can tell because of the colourful flowers and blossoms attracting the bees. We can tell because people are wearing their favourite football colour in the hope it will somehow enable their team to win the grand final. You can tell...


Sun 17 Sep

If someone gave you your life back what would be your response to the giver? If someone donated their heart so you could live what would be your response? God gave the life of His Son, Jesus Christ, so we could live. If God in His mercy toward you gave you something you did not deserve, what would...


Sun 3 Sep

There are many mysteries out there. The "who dun it's" where we try and work out who did the crime. The mysteries of people who have disappeared. The mystery of where creation all began. The Bible has some mysteries. Proverbs speaks of the mystery of how a snake moves.

We also have God's mysterious...


Sun 27 Aug

How do you tell whether one is a Christian?  That might sound like a fairly straightforward question.  Some might say look for the fruit of Spirit that the Holy Spirit is growing in their lives.  But then you might say that there are some extremely nice and good people out there are very patient and...


Sun 20 Aug

Who would you give your life for? A mum or dad might say they would give their life to enable their child to live. They might act as a kidney donor to ensure their child lived. Would you do such a thing for a complete stranger? Would you give your life for someone who you didn't like or they didn't...


Sun 13 Aug

The missionary who faithfully serves the Lord grapples with depression and sees him return home from the field. The parents of a still born look longingly at the lifeless child in their hands. The daughter of a loving Christian family overdoses on ICE. We could think of many other situations to...


Sat 12 Aug

It seems like it was an eternity ago that the Commonwealth Games Committee announced that the Gold Coast would host the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Some athletes who will compete will not have been born when the winning bid was announced.

However, you can sense the dedication, the commitment, the...


Sun 30 Jul

We live in a community where there are many different notions of how we might be more godly and right with God. For some religions, it is a matter of keeping to the rules and you will get there. For others it depends on what your previous life like. For some it does not matter because there is no...


Sun 23 Jul

There are many struggles we face in life. What is a struggle for one is not so much of a struggle for another. For your situation, it might be the daily struggle of putting sufficient food on the table or being able to pay the electricity bill.

Paul in Romans 7 confesses the struggle he faces on a...


Sun 16 Jul

Our Lord Jesus chooses to pray in a location where Judas will find him and so permits Judas to betray him, and so our Lord dies on the cross. For us too, sometimes prayer is about learning to accept God's will rather than God changing things to please us.

Our Lord takes the three disciples who are...


Sun 9 Jul

In Mark 14:27-31, the Lord Jesus tells His Twelve Disciples that He will be arrested by the Jewish leaders, and that when this happens they will run away. The story reminds us of the three thing that we need to know.

First, the Lord speaks gently to His men about their coming failures. He tells...


Sun 25 Jun

How can grace be dangerous? It appears to be a bit of misnomer to call grace dangerous. Paul is not talking about the prayer of thanks we say before a meal, nor is he talking about someone's name. He is writing about the action of God in forgiving someone of his sins. He is writing about the action...


Sun 18 Jun

Aussie Rules can bring out many emotions in people. When a player on your side gives away a free kick in front of opponent's goal, there are the apt comments from the spectators, "Whose side are you on, giving them an easy goal?"

Apostle Paul is about to challenge his readers as to whose side they...


Sun 11 Jun

 2017What do you rejoice in? The birth of a baby. The wedding of a son or daughter. The purchase of your first car or house. The list would almost be endless. What did the angels rejoice in - one sinner who repents. What joy it is to see a sinner repent and turn to Christ.

The apostle Paul in these...


Sun 4 Jun

How is one right with God? How does one have peace with God? How is one saved from the wrath of God? If you don't care or are apathetic towards these questions then you of all people need to be taking seriously the answers to these questions. While we may display apathy toward these questions in...


Sun 28 May

"Does it sound too good to be true, then it probably is!" We hear this statement made in relation to many things. Perhaps it is connection with some computer scam. Perhaps it is a friend of a friend offering to triple your money in just six months.

However consider the offer God makes to you. To...


Sun 21 May

To the question, "Is anyone righteous?", there would be those who would answer "No!" Of course, no one is righteous. And to back up such a response they would simply ask you to take a look at the world and ask yourself where are the righteous in the midst of all the evil and terror being committed?...


Sun 14 May

There are many forms of blindness. Physical blindness is one of the most obvious forms of blindness. Either partial blindness, tunnel vision, or total blindness. Sometimes we are blind when it comes to find socks or keys we have misplaced.

However, there is also spiritual blindness where we are...


Sun 7 May

If there is one thing that raises our ire a little, if not a lot, is to see people getting away with a crime they have committed. It doesn't matter what the crime is, we want to see justice done and punishment enacted. Sometimes we are frustrated with the system because of a slip up or a...


Sun 30 Apr

When we think of wrath we think of someone dumping a load of anger or rage upon someone. However, the wrath of God is different to man's wrath. Man might explode in anger one minute and be quiet the next. Such fits of anger are unpredictable. For God, His wrath is constant as He maintains a constant...


Sun 23 Apr

Paul's letter to the church at Rome in the first century challenged many. Augustine and Luther came to faith through Romans. In the opening verses of Romans, Paul expresses his passion for the good news contained in the gospel. An excitement and passion he desires to pass on to others.

It is a...


Sun 16 Apr

What happened in that tomb where Jesus was buried on Good Friday and the events of that first Easter Sunday morning? Is the resurrection all a bunch of nonsense? A myth perpetuated by His followers. Do we really know what happened? Did a man rise from the dead? What proof is there that the event...


Fri 14 Apr

The news media serves up a continual diet of terror and evil. Read any newspaper or look at the TV News and you can be assured of what will take place. Acts of terror and evil. Suicide bombers in the Middle East. Terrorists using trucks to wreak havoc in Europe. Home invasions and domestic violence...


Sun 2 Apr

When the word church is mentioned in a conversation, there are interesting responses. It could simply refer to a building. It could bring memories of great joy as people reflect on placing their trust in Christ and what He has done. Or it can bring back troubling and disturbing memories.

The church...


Sun 26 Mar

It was a clear night with the new moon about to come up as David lay down on the hillside. The night was darker than normal. The stars appeared somewhat brighter. As David gazed at the stars, he pondered the question, "What is man?" What is he in comparison to the stars? How would you answer?

As we...


Sun 12 Mar

What is it like to be forgotten? Perhaps you can think back to a time in your life where you were forgotten. Maybe as a child you were left behind in a department store. Each of your parents thought the other had the child. or maybe a position came up at work. You were well qualified, but the...


Sun 5 Mar

Who is Jesus? What response would the average Aussie give in response to such a question? An increasing number would say, "I don't know!" or, "Haven't heard of him!" Some might say Jesus was a good moral person. Or he had some good insight into teaching. Some might even say as some dictionaries do,...


Sun 26 Feb

"Tell me about your God?"

The Apostle Paul would have longed for someone to ask him that question as he did the tourist strip in Athens and came across a plaque stating "To The Unknown God." But no one asked him that question. Instead, Paul decided to give an open-air talk on the God he worshipped...


Sun 19 Feb

The word Trinity is not found in the Bible, and yet Christians will strongly tell you that God is a triune God. He is a God who has revealed Himself as one in three. If the word does not appear in the Bible why go to so much trouble defending defending the fact? We go to so much trouble because God...


Sun 12 Feb

Some people think that it doesn't matter what you believe as long as it doesn't hurt or affect me. You are literally free to believe what you like. But are we? Strangely enough truth does matter, therefore what you believe does matter. The next time you visit the beach and the lifesavers put the...


Sun 5 Feb

Submission is a word we love to apply to others, but loathe it when the word is applied to ourselves. However, if we thought about it, our world would not survive if submission was not present. You practiced submission to the road rules which enabled you to get to church relatively safely.

For the...


Sun 29 Jan

Good leaders are hard to find is perhaps not the right statement to be making. What we should ask is, "What does Jesus look for in a leader?" What Jesus looks for is different to what the world looks for in leadership. I wonder if we have allowed the world's criteria for leadership to influence what...


Sun 22 Jan

During 2016, it is estimated that 90,000 Christians were killed because of their faith and trust in Jesus Christ. To get the immensity of that, number it would be approximately half the number of residents in Wyndham. Another way of looking at it is if half your street was no longer there.

But such...


Sun 15 Jan

Many Christian living in the so called West expect life to be comfortable without too many problems or challenges. But is that what God promised those who would take up the cross and follow Him? The evangelist Billy Graham used to say when calling for people to follow Jesus that life will not be a...


Sun 25 Dec

Most of us if we are honest with ourselves are not very patient. Particularly at this time of year as we try to find parking in the multi-story carpark at Pacific Werribee or down on Watton Street. It does not take much to set us off or get us frazzled as we become impatient in a checkout queue...


Sun 18 Dec

Why is it that so many in our community display a ho hum attitude toward the Christmas story? The greatest gift ever given, Jesus Christ and yet for many as they prepare for Christmas holidays and whatever else, they care more about Christmas than they do about Christ.

The good news story was given...


Sun 27 Nov

C.S. Lewis once wrote, "Christianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important." They are challenging words. I wonder if in our day and age we apply the same statement to God's Word? We are prone to accept the bits of...


Mon 21 Nov

Australia has a track record wit submission to authority. A nation that was built on convicts shipped out to a new land. A history of making money from the tourist dollar out of its bushrangers such as Ned Kelly and Dan Morgan. Or rebelling against a government policy such as the Eureka Stockade....


Sun 13 Nov

The Bible uses various illustrations to describe the church. When Paul wrote to the Christians in Corinth he used the concept of a physical body to describe the church. Peter in writing to Christians scattered because of persecution used the concept of a building to describe the church.

Such a...


Sun 6 Nov

During the course of this year, a number of Presbyterian Churches in our area celebrated significant anniversaries. Essendon, Flemington, Wyndham and Clifton Hill to name just a few. What was society like when these churches were established? Did they face persecution as they sought to establish the...


Sun 30 Oct

Around the world, Christians are coming under increased attack. Such attacks range from physical attacks to emotional and mental pressure. Many attacks go unreported, or not even dealt with by governments who often turn a blind eye to the persecution of Christians and other minority groups under the...


Sun 23 Oct

Peter boldy opens his first letter with the statement, “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ.” Such a statement gives us hope. Why? We tend to pass over such statements as of little importance in order to get to the teaching of the letter.

But consider where Peter has come from. He had denied he even...


Sun 5 Jun

This morning we take a part in the Lord's Supper and remeber what God has done for his people in sending Jesus to die on a Roman cross for us. Each time we take part, we are reminded that Jesus left the glories of heaven, came to earth, suffered, was nailed to a cross and shed His blood so we could...


Sun 15 May

For the lovers of books, in recent years there has been a tendency to release books with titles such as "Ten Easy Steps To A Healthy Life" or "Six Keys To A Debt Free Life". You read the book and you come away wondering if such steps or keys will work for you.

Hosea, in Chapter 4, introduces us to...


Sun 3 Apr

If you seek wisdom, who do you go to? James would say if you lack wisdom, then ask God who gives generously (James 1:5). In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus provides wisdom for those who are weighing up what it means to follow Him. Jesus has given words of wisdom on what to do when you worry. How do...


Sun 20 Mar

Palm Sunday is a day when the Christian church traditionally remembers and ponders Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem. It is celebrated on the Sunday before Easter. Up until this point in time Jesus had told those whom He had helped or healed in some way, not to tell others who He was. But now...


Sun 21 Feb

In a land of fast food and "I want it now" mentality, fasting is an outmoded practice reserved for monks living in austerity. Or so we think! This was not the situation in the first century when Jesus spoke on this subject to His would be followers. The Jews fasted at various times during the week...


Sun 14 Feb

Valentine's Day is usually celebrated by giving a card or flowers or a gift so that the one you are giving to will know you like them, even love them. You seek to get their attention and their heart.

When Jesus looks at the religious practice of giving, he turns Valentine type thinking on its head....


Sun 7 Feb

When I was taken to church in the 1960s, one of the things that was drummed into me was the Lord's Prayer. At a particular part of the service, the minister would recite the Lord's Prayer and the people in church would follow his recitation by saying the Lord's Prayer themselves. I was on of those...


Sun 31 Jan

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16). One of the most well know and loved Bible verses in John 3:16 which speaks of God's love for the world.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus calls His...


Sun 24 Jan

Revenge is a powerful emotion. It drives us to do more things we normally would not contemplate. It occurs more frequently than we realize. The last time we were cut off by a driver on a roundabout - did we want to get even? We were picked on at school - did you want to retaliate in some way? You...


Sun 17 Jan

The tradesman says he will be there at 9am! You promise to pray for a friend going through a difficult time. You go guarantor your son's car loan. You tell your children you will get them an ice-cream after you have finished mowing the lawn. We recognize each of these scenarios, for we have been...


Sun 3 Jan

The taking of human life is common place. Abortion, domestic violence, terrorist activities all reflect something of how easily human life is taken. Where did such a low view of human life start? Why is the value of human life not honoured? At times it would appear that a whale or penguin or a...


Sun 27 Dec

We've spent several weeks preparing for Christmas, putting up decorations, preparing for family get together and work parties. But now it is all over, what is next? Working out how to pay off a maxed out credit card? Considering how we might remove the extra grams we put on from too much Christmas...


Sun 13 Dec

There is much that captivates people at Christmas. The lights put up around houses. The parties and good will wishes. The giving of gifts. We could stand back and ponder what does captivate us at Christmas?

Yet there is a searching question we should ask ourselves as we journey through the...


Sun 6 Dec

Teaching children manners can be an exacting art. Instilling “Please” and “Thank you” can be time consuming. Teaching which fork or plate to use. Maybe you have interesting memories of when you were a child and the manners your parents tried to teach you.

The apostle Paul faced a challenging time...


Sun 29 Nov

What is involved in being a member of a church? On the day of Pentecost when God added some 3,000 to the number of disciples, Peter made it quite clear what was involved in being a disciple and a member. “God made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” When a disciple of Jesus states...


Sun 22 Nov

If you lived in Canada, what side of the road do you drive on? If you lived in NSW what do you do when exiting a roundabout? Simple questions! They are road rules. Yet if you don’t know the road rules they could see you in trouble with the law. They tell you how to relate to other motorists on the...


Sun 25 Oct

What do you think of when you think of heaven? May be that last piece of chocolate was heaven. Maybe you had a heavenly sleep? May be your holiday destination was just heaven? What do you think of when you think of hell? May be you had a dream that was no dream but a nightmare from hell. Or perhaps...


Sun 18 Oct

Amazing events! Have you witnessed an amazing event? The birth of a baby! A spectacular sunset! The transformation of a life! A beautiful flower! What about a man rising from the dead? There is an amazing event! Although we have stories of people who have technically died and come back to life, the...


Sun 11 Oct

Do you have control of your life? Or do others run your life for you? In a very busy time, when people are time poor, we can often face the challenge of being double or triple booked and we wonder where it ends when others seem to run our lives.  Do you have control of your life?

As we examine the...


Sun 4 Oct

One of the many promises God gave to His people was that a king would sit on David's throne forever; implying that this king would reign eternally. However as time went on and God's people rebelled, one wondered where this king was. God's people lived in a foreign land with a language they did not...


Sun 13 Sep

Solomon was known for his wisdom.  When asked by God what he wanted to rule the kingdom with he knocked back riches and armies and asked for wisdom.  His wisdom was known throughout the ancient world.  His wisdom saved a baby’s life, but his wisdom could not save him from losing the kingdom his...


Sun 6 Sep

Dreams!  We all have dreams from time to time.  It might be a dream holiday.  It might be to see your AFL Club win the Grand Final.  It might be to see a ministry established.  Perhaps you have a dream on your heart this morning that has been there for a long time but you see no way as to how the...


Sun 30 Aug

Sixty million refugees worldwide seems like a staggering amount.  No one really knows the exact number of people displaced from their homeland.  Australia’s population sits at just over 23 million, it gives you an idea of the size of the problem.  Many are seeking shelter, safety, and security.  A...


Sun 23 Aug

One could suggest many reasons as to why the world the way it is.  We could blame climate change.  We could blame evil.  We could blame the selfishness of man.  If asked the question what answer would you give?  Certainly the world is a long way from when God looked at what He created and said it...


Sun 16 Aug

How did the world get here? How did man get here? Why am I here? What does the Bible tell us? Why is the world the way it is? Where is the world heading? These are questions you may have had from time to time. May be you have other questions which you would like answers for.

Over a period of 10...


Sun 9 Aug

“I’ve found the perfect church!” Ever hear this comment. Usually the speaker doesn’t realise it, but going to that church they made it imperfect because we are imperfect. As we read John’s third letter, he does not paint the picture of a perfect church. Far from it! He provides us with a picture of...


Sun 26 Jul

Letter writing is a dying art (or as some call it -  snail mail).  These days, email and text messaging and other forms of electronic communication have overtaken letter writing. But consider, how many or your text messages or do you still have on file from twelve months ago or even ten years back? ...


Sun 19 Jul

Tolerance is an admirable quality until you strike intolerance. christians are often accused of being intolerant due to the claim Jesus made. “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one else comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). In a society where there is no room for absolute...


Sun 21 Jun

If there is one consistent theme John writes of in his gospel and in his letters, it is the theme of love. Why would John stick with such a theme? These versus from 1 John 4 provide some answers to the question. He could very easily say it is a command, and indeed John does issue the command to love...


Sun 14 Jun

Going shopping can be challenging experience. You are asked to pop down to the local supermarket to purchase some milk. You walk into the milk section expecting to find one type of milk, after all milk is milk isn’t. Apparently not! Do you want full cream, low fat, skim, calcium enriched, and a few...