Did God really wipe out the entire 10 northern tribes?

As part of our recent Bible overview sermon series, we have recently been considering the division of the kingdom in the time of Rehoboam from 1 Kings 12. In short, God took 10 of the tribes out of the hand of Rehoboam and they set themselves up as a new kingdom...

Faithfulness matters more than popularity or success

We have been working through a Bible overview sermon series at church. Most recently, we spent time in the books of 1 and 2 Kings. These are the story of the tragedy of God’s people rejecting God and eventually receiving punishment for their rejection. If you read 1...

Does the Reformation really matter?

Today is Reformation Day. In fact, 500 years to the day since Martin Luther nailed the 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg. You could be forgiven for not noticing this in Australia. Our shops are full of ghosts and skeletons for Halloween; there is a lack of...

Should we go to church every week?

I grew up in a culture of attending church twice on Sundays. Every Sunday. Which, although being a blessing that helped to shape me as a believer, was something I didn’t appreciate much at the time.  It seemed like a burden. But as everyone came every week, most of...

This life is not all there is

In 1965, the Byrds released a song named ‘Turn, turn, turn’ which became a major worldwide hit. They didn’t really write the lyrics though; the vast majority of the lyrics are directly from the Old Testament wisdom book of Ecclesiastes. The main point of the poem in...

Trusting in the miraculous

It is so easy to be skeptical. My first reaction when I see a new skin cream that promises to produce younger looking skin, or a new vitamin that gives extra energy, is to ask what evidence the makers of those products have to back up their claims. There are strong...