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Is it possible that we, like the Pharisees, could be so caught up in our socio-political realities that we are totally missing things in the Word right in front of us?

Mike Frost shares a challenging word from Isaiah 56:1-8.

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Josh Dowton continues in our Prophethood series "Naturally Inspired Living". Sharing from Rev 5:1-14, allowing God to breath his life on our gifts and talents. 

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Graeme continues in our series "Prophethood - naturally inspired living", sharing from 1 Corinthians 14:1-5. 

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"The lion has roared—who will not fear? The Sovereign Lord has spoken—who can but prophesy?"

Josh Dowton kicks off the first week in our series 'Prophethood. Naturally Inspired Living'

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What happens when Jesus shows up?

Sharing from Mark 6:45-52; Jesus walking on water, about to pass by the disciples who are straining at the oars in the middle of a storm. The disciples had their theology, the knowledge and the ferver, but what happened when they really encountered Jesus?

 

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Our very own Liz Hutton speaks from the story of Ruth. Sharing on God's faithfulness throughout our lives, and the generations.

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Ainsley Freeman speaks on the passage from Mark 5:21-35; Jesus stops for the bleeding woman whilst on his way to heal a girl who is dying. Ainsley encouraged us to be looking for other experiences of Jesus in the chaos and the noise of life, and allowing ourselves to be interrupted as Jesus did. 

Ainsley is married to Jamie Freeman and together they planted H3O Church on Sydney's Northern Beaches. Along with having two boys, Ainsley works with Olive Tree Media in the areas of marketing and communication.

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Our second instalment of 'Experiences of Jesus' brought to us by our guest Kath Henry, from Northridge Vineyard Church in Thornleigh. 

Kath spoke about our peripheral; allowing our curiosity to cause us to take a second glance. Being aware of Jesus in the ordinary spaces of life, leaving margin and allowing ourselves to be interrupted by what God is doing.

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What does it look like for us to have our imaginations opened to what God is doing in the world? Jesus gives us a framework in Luke 10. 

Rob French brings us the first installment of our four week series in // Experiences of Jesus

 

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When for no good reason you find yourself procrastinating life, what do you do?

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Graeme speaks on the topic of greed, asking the question of what it is that we place our confidence in. He encourages us to counter greed with the life giving habit of sabbath, which is an intentional time of letting go and allowing space for the grace of God.

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'Lust is a poor, weak, whimpering thing compared with that richness and energy of desire which will rise when lust has been killed' C.S Lewis

This week we talked about Lust, and the life giving habit of Fasting.

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Week four in our ALIVE series. Graeme speaks about the Gluttony of excess, the Gluttony of delicacy and how that can be counteracted by the practice of Service.

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Graeme teaches from John 8vs1-11 (the woman caught in adultery) and reflects on the way that Jesus taught a mob of angry men be silent and let him do his job. 

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Envy // Worship

Envy is the consuming desire for everybody else to be as unsuccessful as you are - Buechner

Envy causes us to turn and lose our balance, worship returns us to the centre, where Jesus is.

This week Graeme Anderson explored Envy alongside the life-shaping habit of Worship. Thank you for tuning into our Lent series entitled Alive - How Jesus Changes Everything.

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'Pride is futile because self fascination is so often unrequited.'

Graeme Anderson teaches about pride, and how it can be counteracted with prayer. 

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‘Futuring’

Mike Frost shares from Titus 3:3-8. He looks at how the future God has for us should shape our lives in the here and now, as a sign, instument and foretaste of the age to come. 

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Mike Frost teaches from Luke 7:36-50, the story of Jesus being annointed by a sinful woman. Showing us that in a world full of hostility, greed and self interest, Jesus demonstrates to us how to practice true hospitality. 

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Sentness

Jamie Freeman shares from his experience of church planting, and the fruit that comes of spreading the gospel.

Jamie works as a Church Planting Facilitator within the Baptist Association, and lives in Dee Why along with his wife Ainsley and two children Levi, and August.

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"How we pray changes the way we meet and serve together"

Graeme Anderson shared about Nehemiah and challenged us in the way that we Pray, Meet, Serve and Send.

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