Biblical Messages

Death Defeated

On Easter, we highlight the resurrection of Jesus (which we otherwise celebrate each Sunday).  But what can we say to those who ask, “So what?” about the resurrection?  The story of the raising of Lazarus in John 11.1-44 gives us some ideas.  Here’s the whole service; you can fast-forward to 27:00 to watch the message.

 

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Biblical Messages

The Dead Will Rise

“What happens after we die?” It’s a question not often enough asked.  There is much mystery to life beyond this life, but the Bible does address it in many places.  In our passage for today, John 5.24-30, we learn a few things that should encourage followers of Jesus…and should encourage people to become followers of Jesus!  Listen or watch below:

Biblical Messages

No need to fear

I was asked to preach a message about fear.  As I read Psalm 24, I saw, really, three sorts of fear with biblical remedies.  Have a listen, or click the link below to view the Facebook Live video (with or without an account).

 

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Encouragement From The Word

Afraid? Of what?

I shared a poem at a memorial service this week which I had used many years ago, but stumbled upon again. It was written by a missionary to China in response to a number of missionary martyrdoms, and has always, for me, been a powerful testament to what Jesus’ death and resurrection mean for Christians, a poignant illustration of the apostle Paul’s words to the church in Corinth when he quoted Isaiah: “Death has been swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15.54b, NIV).

 

Read this slowly and meditatively, and let its meaning wash over you today.

 

Afraid? Of What?

To feel the spirit’s glad release?

To pass from pain to perfect peace,

The strife and strain of life to cease?

Afraid – of that?

 

Afraid? Of What?

Afraid to see the Saviour’s face

To hear his welcome, and to trace

The glory gleam from wounds of grace?

Afraid – of that?

 

Afraid? Of What?

A flash, a crash, a pierced heart;

Darkness, light, O Heaven’s art!

A wound of His a counterpart?

Afraid – of that?

 

Afraid? Of What?

To do by death what life could not –

Baptized with blood a stony plot,

Till souls shall blossom from the spot?

Afraid – of that?

 

Biblical Messages

PAIN KILLER: The Pain of Loss

We all experience pain and we all experience loss – and there is pain in loss.  How we deal with that pain, however, can shape our lives, whether we know it or not.  This message, based on 2 Samuel 12.1-25, gives us some ideas on how constructively to deal with the pain of loss.  You can listen to the message by clicking here.  After the message, as a moment for meditation, we attempted to play the song that you can listen to on YouTube.