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SUNDAY 01 SEPTEMBER 2019

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“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” - Exodus 20:7

This is the third command that god gives the Israelites as he is laying out the terms of the covenant/marriage arrangement between him and his people.  

Maybe this means don’t say OMG when you are surprised or annoyed,  maybe it means don’t get frustrated and say Jesus. It might mean that., but that would be a weird thing to promise in an actual marriage ceremony:

“I, ___, take thee, ___, to be my wedded husband/wife, to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, I will not say your name in any situation where I am frustrated…. to love and to cherish, till death do us part”

Maybe it means, don’t say that God told you something if God didn’t tell you something.   But that one should be obvious and is covered by don’t lie later.  

It’s important to read this command in context.  

God he has chosen THIS group of people to represent him to the nations. He has set this group of people free so that they can bring freedom for others,  and God says, don’t misrepresent my name.  

So far in the story he has revealed himself as a God who creates, and cares, and hears, and rescues, and promises, He is a God of Justice and generosity.

He is asking people to represent his name, which is his reputation to the nations, and he wants them to represent him well…

The Law, God’s Gift to Us

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SUNDAY 04 AUGUST 2019

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Continuing our look at Justice and Generosity through the 10 Commandments, guest speaker Clint Ussher from The Well spoke to us about the gift that is God’s law.

Exodus 20:1-2

And God spoke all these words: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery

Fasting as Resistance

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SUNDAY 04 AUGUST 2019

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ISAIAH 58

‘Shout it aloud, do not hold back.
    Raise your voice like a trumpet.
Declare to my people their rebellion
    and to the descendants of Jacob their sins.
For day after day they seek me out;
    they seem eager to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that does what is right
    and has not forsaken the commands of its God.
They ask me for just decisions
    and seem eager for God to come near them…

“Why have we fasted,” they say,
    “and you have not seen it?
Why have we humbled ourselves,
    and you have not noticed?”

‘Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please
    and exploit all your workers.
Your fasting ends in quarrelling and strife,
    and in striking each other with wicked fists.
You cannot fast as you do today
    and expect your voice to be heard on high.
Is this the kind of fast I have chosen,
    only a day for people to humble themselves?
Is it only for bowing one’s head like a reed
    and for lying in sackcloth and ashes?
Is that what you call a fast,
    a day acceptable to the Lord?

‘Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
    and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
    and break every yoke?
Is it not to share your food with the hungry
    and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter –
when you see the naked, to clothe them,
    and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
    and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness[a] will go before you,
    and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
    you will cry for help, and he will say: here am I.

‘If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
    with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
and if you spend yourselves on behalf of the hungry
    and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
    and your night will become like the noonday.
The Lord will guide you always;
    he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
    and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
    like a spring whose waters never fail.
Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
    and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
    Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

‘If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
    and from doing as you please on my holy day,
if you call the Sabbath a delight
    and the Lord’s holy day honourable,
and if you honour it by not going your own way
    and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,
then you will find your joy in the Lord,
    and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land
    and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.’
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.

Legacy

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SUNDAY 07 JULY 2019

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This morning guest speaker Steve Graham brings a word to CNL about legacy - that it's not just about what's happening for us, if we have a heart for God, it's about what we're doing that goes beyond us.

Steve shares two contrasting biblical stories Hezekiah and David (see slideshow for references and to follow along with the sermon) and the key difference in the two men’s attitudes;

Cows and Tents

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SUNDAY 30 JUNE 2019

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Today James poses the question to us….

What are you building with your life? Tabernacles or cows?  

  • What are you using your energy, time and resource for?

  • To create spaces where heaven comes to earth?

  • To create spaces where Gods space and our space overlap?

  • To create time, space and place for the presence of God to be the centre of things?

  • Or are you using it for something else?


Kingdom of Priests

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SUNDAY 09 JUNE 2019

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Today on the church calendar we celebrate Pentecost. As recorded in Acts chapter 2, fifty days after Jesus’ accession he sends to the men and women gathered together the gift of the Holy Spirit. This however is not a nostalgic remembering of a past event, it is a fresh invitation into daily knowing the Holy Spirit’s power to live the missional life we are called to.

We aren’t designed to live this life of faith without the empowering of the Holy Spirit, Jesus didn’t and we aren’t meant to try. Can I encourage  and challenge you afresh to seek and keep on seeking the infilling of the Holy Spirit.

Remembering Relationships.... It's just what we do

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SUNDAY 05 MAY 2019

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Whether it’s a national or international day of remembrance or a personal anniversary - remembering relationships is something we all do. Liam speaks to us about the call to remember the covenant relationship God has promised His people through the story of Exodus and the whole biblical narrative.

Covenant Relationship

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SUNDAY 07 APRIL 2019

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This morning James explores Exodus chapter three and the covenant relationship God makes with the Israelites - that these people were called to be a different type of people in the world, that they were part of a different family, and that their God was going to bless them if they kept His commands.

What Voice is Shaping you Identity?

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SUNDAY 17 FEBRUARY 2019

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Each and every voice has a set of around 100 characteristics that determine what it sounds like. Half of those are physical characteristics – height, size of the lungs, shape of the mouth and throat – and the other half are behavioural characteristics – sound and words used. Your voice is unique entirely to you.

But there are also voices what shape who you believe you are - your identity. What voices are you listening to? The voices from your childhood that made you believe you had to do or be someone to fit in, to be accepted, to be loved? Or the voices that are on repeat daily in the advertising we see everywhere. These voices that tell you are what you have, or you are what you achieve. But there is an alternative - the voice of the Good Shepherd:

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

- Psalm 23

Faith isn’t an easy journey. Faith doesn’t mean that you won’t have sickness, death, trial, pain. Faith means in those spaces of darkness, fear, unknown and death you will have someone with you, protecting and comforting you. That is the voice that offers to define your identity. - one of protection. It is also a voice of prosperity - that regardless of circumstance that can be a peace that surpasses all understanding. Regardless of what is current happening in your life, there can be a sense of joy that is deeper than the pain. There is a promise in this voice that says you will never have to be alone. The promise of constant presence regardless of whats happening around you.