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Practical prayer sermon

March 19th, 2018

My sermon from yesterday is now online. It was titled, “Practical Prayer” and touched on four main ideas of prayer. The four key words for today are…

  1. Praise
  2. Petition
  3. Intercession
  4. Listen

All are key aspects of prayer. It is important to take time for each of these everyday. In the message we took a minute of so for each and as we saw, a minute alone with God can be a great time.

You can find the full text here, and the audio here.

God Bless,

The prayer Jesus prayed sermon

March 13th, 2018

Hello all, my sermon from last Sunday is now online. It looked at John 17 and “The prayer Jesus prayed”. It is part of our Kingdom Focus series.

Today we looked at one of the greatest prayers of all time. We saw that Jesus prayed for three main things in John 17.

  1. Jesus prayed for Himself – He prayed that He would bring glory to the Father and the Father would restore the glory Jesus had in eternity.
  1. Jesus prayed for His disciples – He prayed that they would be unified, protected and that the Father would sanctify them.
  1. Jesus prayed for all believers – He prayed that we would be with the Father and Son, that we would know Jesus glory and we would know the love the Father has for the son.

You can find the full text here, or the audio here.

God Bless,

No sledging for me

March 10th, 2018

It has been a while since I have written a post in the sport category, but sledging has been in the news lately.

I love sport and I love watching my teams play, but I can’t stand sledging.

Sledging is the constant abuse in subtle or overt ways during the match. It is about putting your opponent off their game so they either get out or perform less than their best.

To me sledging is a blight on sport, all sport.

To me it is bullying and players should not do it. I know lots of people will say sport is a tough game and you need to take any advantage you can to win. If your opponent is “soft” mentally you have to take advantage.

But for me, if you don’t think you can beat your opponent fairly and without sledging, then you don’t think you can beat them.

I think the days are gone where you would say, “What happens on the field, stays on the field”.

Being on the field in a sporting contest is part of your life. And ultimately we will all stand before God and give account for our lives. How we treat others is a big part of it.

So for me, sledging, send offs, or other abuse is not on. It is not acceptable in the street, in the workplace or anywhere else. It is time to behave with class on the field and off the field in my opinion.

God Bless,

Say no to condemnation

March 9th, 2018

Some Bible verses contain so much truth that can change our lives forever. Romans 8:1-2 are two of these verses.

“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:1-2‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Two things jump out at me when I read…

1. No condemnation

There is no condemnation for those who belong to Jesus. If you have trusted Christ for your salvation, you below to Him. He is now your King and Ruler. And because you belong to Him, He has forgiven you of your sin. He does not condemn you.

2. We are free from the power of sin and death

Because we belong to Jesus we are free from the power of sin and death. This means that the Holy Spirit gives us new life. Our old life and the hold it has on us is broken. We are born again to a new life in Christ. And even though our bodies will eventually die, our spirits will live together with Christ forever.

So much truth. Life changing truth. Embrace it and live in the freedom of knowing that you are free from condemnation and the power of sin and death is broken in your life.

God Bless,


World Day of Prayer message

March 6th, 2018

Today we had our combined World Day of Prayer service at our church. The country of focus was Suriname, which is in the north eastern part of South America.

We had people come from the Church of Christ, The Catholic Church and the Anglican Church in Bruce Rock. I was asked to speak on the theme of “All God’s Creation is Very Good”. Our main text was Genesis 1:1-31, and I also looked at two others. The main points I shared were…

  1. God created the heavens and the earth – Genesis 1:1
  2. God created you and me – Genesis 1:26-27
  3. God created you a masterpiece with a purpose – Ephesians 2:10
  4. God created a place in His eternal family – John 1:12-13

As it was a combined service, the message is a bit shorter than usual. If you would like to read the full text, you can find it here.

God Bless,

Being a prayer focused Christian sermon

March 4th, 2018

Hello all, my sermon from today is now online. It was titled, “Being a prayer focused Christian”. In this message we looked at the Divine and Human elements of prayer. It included the following points.

Divine elements

  1. Prayer through Jesus – Romans 1:8, Colossians 3:17
  2. Pray in the name of Jesus –  John 14:13-14, Ephesians 5:20
  3. Pray in tune with the Holy Spirit –  Ephesians 6:18, Jude 1:20

Human elements

  1. Pray in faith – Mark 11:24
  2. Pray with a heart free from sin – Psalm 66:18-19, Hebrews 12:1
  3. Pray without doubting – Matthew 21:21, Mark 9:23-24
  4. Pray with persistence – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
  5. Pray with sincerity and simplicity – Matthew 6:5-8
  6. Pray in accordance with God’s will – 1 John 5:14-15, Romans 12:2

You can find the full text here. Unfortunately there is no audio.

God Bless,

Three keys to overcoming

March 2nd, 2018

In 1 John 4 it talks about testing the spirits of those who claim to be prophets and speak for God. In verse 4 it gives us three keys to remember to help us overcome.

“But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” ‭‭1 John‬ ‭4:4‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Three keys to help us overcome false prophets. We need to remember…

1. We are God’s children and we belong to Him and His Kingdom. We are co-heirs with Christ.

2. We are victorious because our relationship with Christ and what He has done for us and in His defeating evil.

3. The Holy Spirit, lives inside us. This Spirit who was there at creation and also raise Christ from the dead, is greater that the spirit that is of the world.

The key to overcoming is to remember who you are, whom you belong to, and that Christ is victorious.

God Bless,

Armour up

March 1st, 2018

“Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.” ‭Ephesians‬ ‭6:11‬ ‭NLT‬‬

One tv show I used to watch years ago the characters said “Suit up” when they were going out. Everyone knew they needed to get dressed up for a night out.

The same goes for us as Christians. We need to armour up too. We need to put on the armour of God so we can stand firm against the devil. God wants to use us to do great things. The devil wants to derail these plans.

1 Peter 5:8 reminds us to, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Verse 9 says to resist him and stand firm.

I would encourage you to have a read of Ephesians 6:13-18 and see the types of things God tells us to put on to help us stand firm. These items represent the things we need to stand strong in the Lord.

So armour up!

God Bless,



No more tears and pain

February 27th, 2018

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.””
‭‭Revelation‬ ‭21:4‬ ‭NLT‬

Sometimes I look around at this world and see the pain and suffering that takes place. There are wars, people starving and dying, and people in pain everyday. It would be easy to lose hope.

But Revelation 21:4 gives us a great hope and something to look forward to. One day those who trust in Christ will spend eternity with God. We will live in a place where there is no more death, sorrow, crying or pain. The Bible says God will make His home among His people.

That is something to look forward to. I long for the day when there is no more war, pain and suffering. I look forward to a day when sin doesn’t permeate and spoil everything. I look forward to living with God.


Dear God, thank You that we have a home waiting for us in heaven with You. I look forward to a day when there is no more pain and suffering. I pray that in the meantime, You will use me to share Your love and make this world a better place. Amen.

Really loving each other

February 26th, 2018

“Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” ‭1 John‬ ‭3:18‬ ‭NLT‬

This verse is pretty strong. It is says that we should not just pay lip service to love, but we should actually do something about it. Our love becomes real by our actions.

If we think about it, the Bible says God loves us. It is backed up by Jesus leaving the glories of heaven to live amongst us. He loved and cared for those He came in contact with. Ultimately He died on the cross for our sin. This was true love in action.

I wonder what things we can do today to show our love for others? What things can we say? What things can we do?

Love really is a verb – a doing word!


Dear God, please help me to love others in both word and deed. Help me to not just say I love others, but actually put it into action in the things I do. Please guide and lead me to people who need Your love today. Amen.