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What is greatness? In particular, what is greatness in the kingdom of God? That is the question addressed in the passage from Matthew today.Jesus is approached by two different groups. First, the family of Zebedee: James and John and their mother. Second, two blind men. Jesus asks both groups the same question “What do you want me to do for you?” W…
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The Department of Home Affairs has an Australian Values Statement on its website. Visa applicants for residency/citizenship must sign this. And one of its key principles is that we are a ‘fair-go’ country. We would all agree with that. I suspect, too, that we would summarise our ‘fair go’ culture by stating that ‘you get what you deserve/what you w…
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Jesus deals with the question of ‘Who belongs in the kingdom?’ Is it children? Is it the good? Is it the godly? And, how and what does this look like?This question of ‘belonging’ is one that is constant in our lives – where do I belong, do I belong, what does belonging look like? And Jesus is very clear: the kingdom of heaven is made up of the depe…
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The book of Esther recounts a period where God's people are in exile, aliens in a foreign land. Sounds like our time doesn't it?Even when God seems absent, He is at work. The great reversal of power at the heart of the universe has already taken place. Jesus won victory over death on the cross and in His resurrection. Satan the great enemy of God a…
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We love a turning point. Whether it is a story or a football game. Hope dawning at the darkest time.Where is the great turning point in Esther? It could be our memory verse, when Esther is persuaded by Mordecai to act to save her people. It could be when the king looks with favour upon Esther and holds out the golden scepter to her. It could be whe…
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Esther is such an exciting story! There are evil plots. There are interesting yet flawed characters. There is risk and sacrifice. There is heroism and villainy.Today, we are introduced to the villain of the plot, and what an evil scheming villain he is! He spins lies and concocts murderous plans to do away with the Jews, God’s covenant people. How …
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There is so much that sounds familiar in these first two chapters of Esther: the world is dominated by loud and brash and imposing and degraded power, the people of God are small and struggling and faced with ambiguous decisions and actions and God seems so far away he is almost absent (at least to our minds and hearts). As we read this book, we wi…
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He is risen! This morning we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. The tomb is empty, the power of sin and death has been defeated. It is fitting that if Jesus’ last words were “it is finished” than His first words to His followers are “peace be with you”. But this is no ordinary greeting. The work of Jesus, His life, death, burial and…
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There are a number of sayings that I love, but one that I really use – ‘Pink in the morning, sailor’s/shepherd’s warning; Pink at night, sailor’s/shepherd’s delight’. It was actually confirmed as a true saying for me the other day, as I listened to an interview with a meteorologist!Sayings like this that are memorable and true – well, they provide …
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You eventually have to make a decision about the Gospel – in fact, the Gospel demands a decision. The slow build of the first five boxes of ‘Learn the Gospel’ has brought us to this binary moment.On the one hand, you can persist in the attitude and action that says, ‘I am God and God is not’, and the consequence is facing the judgement of God – the…
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The resurrection of Jesus was not just another miracle of God but the definitive victory over sin and death! Yes, His death on the cross paid our debt of sin but His resurrection showed Him to be righteous, without fault and blameless before God, and highlighted His identity as truly God. The God-man who could restore our relationship with God. As …
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What a dismal valley! From God’s good creation, to sin, through to rightful judgement by God – it is grim. And yet, God remained committed to His creation – He is not indifferent, but deeply and passionately concerned. God Himself will act vigorously against evil. As the One offended by sin (the one against whom sin is committed), God Himself is th…
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God made everything, including us. It was all made good! We were made to rule over the earth under His authority, to bring Him honour and praise for who He is. But, as we learnt last week, we don’t do that. That’s called sin. The attitude and action that says “I am god and God is not.” Surely God won’t stand for that. Surely the Creator of the univ…
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God made a very good world. God made us, male and female, to bear his image and tend his garden, by hearing and obeying him. What went wrong?It is the crucial question, as we consider the Gospel, the base for who we are as God’s mob. And it introduces a word we know, a concept we are familiar with, and a truth that is so often misunderstood and mis…
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I don’t know much about building, but I do know a little bit about running. And the key to running, especially distance running, is having a solid base – it is having your foundation straight. You need to start at the right place, and starting here, you continue from here.That is why we are learning the Gospel – we are getting our base right. ‘Gosp…
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There is nothing, and no-one, like God. He is holy – unique, one-of-a-kind. And he should be, and must be, known like this. He will not allow his significance (his glory) be given to another, or any other thing. In this sense, God made the world, and placed humans in the world bearing his image, to declare this truth to the universe.As humans sinne…
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We yearn for justice, a day when all wrongs will be judged, all right will be implemented, and where evil will be banished. And often, in this world that seems so broken and damaged, we cry out to God, and ask him to judge justly.God is just. His people have always sung this truth and held onto it—just remember the words of Moses in Deuteronomy 32.…
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‘God is love’ is perhaps the most used, most accessible summary of Christianity that many people use. Some use it in a praising way. Some use it in a derogatory way. Some use it in a dismissive way. Some use it in a permissive way. But what does it mean? When we read of what this phrase means in 1 John 4, we realise that ‘love’ is not an empty vess…
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God is Trinity sounds like a philosophical game. God is one, God is three-in-one, God is all persons at once being God at the same time? Surely this is a philosophical imposition on God’s singular status as unique?It is not—and Jesus himself closes his time physically with his disciples by proclaiming the truth of the Trinity—he sends them out into…
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