Jesus' simple Message of God's love.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Christmas Song For Christmas Eve

Kids will be invited to sing the following song at the Christmas Evening Service.
Here are the lyrics if you want to play it for your kids before the 24th the link is on the right:


Crackers and turkeys and pudding and cream,

Toys in the window that I’ve never seen.

This is the Christmas that everyone sees,

But Christmas means more to me.


It’s somebody’s birthday I won’t forget,

As I open the things that I get.

I’ll remember the inn and the stable so bare,

And Jesus who once lay there.

Everyone’s out shopping late every night,

For candles and presents and Christmas tree lights

This is the Christmas that everyone sees,

But Christmas means more to me.

Christmas morning, the start of the day,

There’s presents to open and new games to play.

This is the Christmas that everyone sees,

But Christmas means more to me.

Nothing is Impossible with God

People are generally surprised by God. He knows what He is doing, He keeps His timetable, it ALWAYS seems to surprise and confound us. We are like the historic people of the Bible.

Zechariah, Mary, Elizabeth, Joseph, (Abraham, David, pick a disciple...)

God's messengers show up, and the person (who encounters the place where heaven breaches this world) is encouraged not to fear. Because we are terrified by how much the reality of heaven dwarfs this world.

SO the bigger than big, God of Creation condescends to put on flesh (incarnation) and walks among us in a people-suit. Teaching mercy and forgiveness of sin; teaching the surety of judgement of sin; preaching repentance and discipleship.

It all starts with creation, and culminates in the cross, and flowers through this present day. Christmas is the beginning of the cross. God takes on time and space, nailed to our reality, eventually nailed to our mortality. Death is swallowed up by life. Starting with the life of a child in Bethlehem.

Nothing is impossible with God!

Sunday, 5 December 2010

In Memory of Jim Taylor

26th February 1930

28th November 2010

Please remember his wife Helen and their children: David, Karen, Roderick and Colin and their families in your prayers.

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Don't Give Gifts to People, Give to Jesus

This year, for Jesus' birthday, let's give gifts to Him instead of each other!

Matthew 25:34-40 Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.' Then the righteous will answer him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?' And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.'

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Saturday, 20 November 2010

Missionary Visit this Wednesday at 7:30pm

This Wednesday is the All-Church Meeting.

Come to hear about mission in another country
and discuss our fellowship here in Alva
and how we can BE the church.

Best night ever!
With tea and biscuits!

(Hi Carole!)

Advent Conspiracy

What will you do differently this year because you follow Jesus?

Mat 25:37-40 "Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 'And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 'When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' "The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Operation Andrew

Pray for five people who need to know the only true God.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Sin = Epic Fail!

Q: Why did Jesus die?
A: To re-establish our relationship with God.

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Holiday Club

What a blast!
God does what He says He'll do.
God cares for us, and leads us when we trust Him.
God is a keeper of promises and a forgiver of mistakes.
Lots of young people know Him and trust Him because of history.

Friday, 21 May 2010

Uzzah Steadies the Ark

Uzzah is a work-related injury not directly attributed to him.

King david, in ignorance about how the arc was to be handled,
put it on a cart. The Arc is to be carried
on the shoulders of men
with poles of acacia wood slipped through the metal rings on the side of the arc.

So yes, God has prescribed how He will be approache
and how we may address Him.

But Uzza’s death was no more “punishment” than an electrician getting zapped for ignorantly handling live wires.
Uzzah did not know, David did not know;

but God is still ‘HIGH voltage’

The arc is a picture of the mercy seat of God and
we will come before God on His terms or we will not make it.
I have heard the argument about man steadying the Arc and
it holds water to a point,
(Pro 10:29 The way of the LORD is a stronghold to the blameless, but destruction to evildoers.)

but I don’t think it is divine retribution against Uzzah.

Many commentaries you find neglect the fact that the arc depends on being carried on the backs of men.
God does nothing for man without the participation of men.

The deal with Uzzah is that the people of Israel were so far from God that their good intentions led them to violate clear instructions from God about how to approach Him.

People died.

God maintains a typology for its prophetic consistency
and our education.

This is why Moses could not enter the promised land
He struck the rock once; after that God instructed him
to speak to the rock, but he struck it again.

Jesus was the rock. Smitten once
and now we must merely speak to the rock to know that living water.

Moses messed up the typology and got a heavenly time out.
Uzzah died for our benefit, not for his punishment.
Same with Ananias and Saphira in Acts 5.

The arc needed carrying in an oxcart
because men had previously failed
in stewarding what God had entrusted.

As we decide how we will choose to worship God
(frequently on our own terms)
how often will we choose to just practice whatever manner of good intentioned gesture we like and ask God to put up with it?

All paths do not lead to God, only Christ does.
Not Christ plus something.
Not an oxcart plus a strong steady hand...

There is a way that seems right to a man
but it’s end is the way to death.

Better to follow God more closely and know His ways,
the margin of error between good and Holy is slight
but it is also eternally significant.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Genesis 6 Noah's Ark

Just this week in the news and this week in Genesis 6

a dutch model (not quite to scale)[smaller, actually]

Modern day comparrison

Logistics aside, the Bible teaches that people who walk with God know His mercy in the face of justice. When evil is punished, we will either identify with sin or with Jesus Christ.

The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous runs into it and is safe. Proverbs 18:10

The Blood of Jesus (God's) Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

(God) made (Jesus) to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. 2Co 5:21 (ESV)

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Monday, 19 April 2010

Cain and God

So often we speak of Cain and Able,
two brothers who's relationship is marred by the murderous fruit of Cain's choice to ignore God's instruction.

The story is really about Cain.

Abel did well, made an offering by faith
(we are told in the letter to the Hebrews Ch 11).
Cain came up short, his "face fell".

Did he stew in resentment? Anger? Malice? His emotions aren't labled, but we know the result was murder.

God warned Cain. "...Sin is crouching at the door..."
God made it clear, "you must rule over it."

Are you in charge of Sin?

(The inhereted nature of fallen man)
Apparently, there are reins of the mind
that we are to take hold of!
Who is 'steering my car'?
(me or my desires that give in to sin?)

Romans 6:16 Don't you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. (NLT( >

Cain worshiped God on His own terms: fruit of the ground that epidomized the human effort, the fruit of the fallen state of man who worked the accursed ground.

The Bible only says that God had regard for Abel...and his offering.

Literally, Abel's offering caused God to "look with a keen earnest glance"

Cain stands there with his best game on, earnestly seeking approval. The first born, showed up by his little brother; with God lifting up the offering that points to Christ, the Lamb that was slain from the foundations of the world.

It was never about Cain. The favour was shown toward the faith of Abel; toward the offering that pictured Christ. Not that there was fault in the offering of Cain as much as it lacked that in which God was keenly interested:

From the begining of the end, Adam, Man,
the man & woman were covered with coverings that resulted from sacrificial death. At the end of the end, we are covered with the only covering that results in eternal life, the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ.

But Satan whips up the mind. Sin crouches at the door.
Cain is had by it; he fails to master it and succumbs to sin, becomes a slave, and the result is murder.

Cain is offered a opportunity to confess
and responds with insolence. What?! (my kids say)
"Am I my brother's keeper?"
Driven from the ground, from the community,
from the face of God, further east of Eden...

Chapter 4 ends with the ultimate good that is possible
even after the grave consequences of sin have destroyed generations: "...At that time people began to call upon the name of the LORD." Gen 4:26 (ESV)

Monday, 29 March 2010

Easter Service 11am, Sunday, 4 April

The Simple Truth -->
What does that mean?
God's reasons,
your decisions.
No pressure.

(No evening service this month)

Genesis 3

This Chapter is where 'the fall of mankind' is recorded for us by the Holy Spirit.
Part 1

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Part 2

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Satan still uses the same old method to decieve:
1. He questions God's Words
2. He lies about the consequences
3. He lures us by our own desires

We humans still have the same problems:
1. We depend on surface appearances
2. We let our appetites lead us
3. We want it our way (and now!)

When Adam ignored the Lord's good advice,
death and sin entered the world.

On that day in the beginning,
Man walks away from relationship with God

On Palm Sunday,
Man rides back towards relationship with God

At the Cross, death and sin were defeated.
At the resurrection of Jesus, the glory of God is displayed.
We believe this and walk in a new promise
The real hope of a redeemed life!