Sunday Sermons

Take Time

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Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. - Exodus 20:8-11


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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 Second Commandment

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“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. - Exodus 20:4-6

The Law, God’s Gift to Us

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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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‘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.


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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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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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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


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.