March 15, 2018

Shepherd to King (8)

“God Makes a Promise”

2 Samuel 7 & Psalm 132

During the seventeenth century the Mughal Empire was flourishing in India. One of their great kings was called Shah Jahan. In 1631 his wife, Mumtaz Mahal, died while giving birth to their 14thchild. Shah Ja...

March 15, 2018

From Shepherd to King (7)

“Building the Nation – Putting God First” 2 Samuel 5:17-25 & 6:11-19

Former US President Jimmy Carter is known as a committed Christian. He has never been afraid to hide the fact he is a follower of Jesus Christ. In his book “Living Faith” Presi...

March 15, 2018

From Shepherd to King (6)

“The Throne At Last” 2 Samuel 2:1-7 & 5:1-12

Have you watched children fighting over a toy? It seems as if they operate under the following rules: 1. If I like it, it's mine. 2. If I can take it from you, it's mine. 3. If I had it a little while...

March 15, 2018

From Shepherd to King (5)

“Living In Exile” 1 Samuel 27, 29 & 30

One of my favourite characters in early Church history is John Chrysostom. He was known as “golden tongue” for he was a powerful preacher. He was from Antioch, home of the famous multi-cultural mission-mind...

March 15, 2018

From Shepherd to King (4)

“On The Run” 1 Samuel 21-26

During the Cultural Revolution in China my dear friend Stephen Wang was arrested & accused of being a counter-revolutionary, someone who was a traitor to his country – & it was all because he was known as a Christian....

March 15, 2018

From Shepherd to King (3)

“True Friendship” 1 Samuel 18, 19 & 20

I heard about two friends who were out hunting. Suddenly one of them yelled & the other turned round to see a huge grizzly bear charging out of the forest towards them. The first man desperately pulled off...

March 15, 2018

From Shepherd to King (2)

“Facing the Giant” 1 Samuel 17

David was chosen by God to be king - a very unlikely choice perhaps from a worldly point of view. He was so young & inexperienced in many ways. Yet God saw his heart & the Spirit of the Lord anointed David for the...

March 15, 2018

From Shepherd to King (1)

“Chosen by God” 1 Samuel 16:1-13

       David is one of the most popular names in our church. Just think of all the David’s we have! Well, David is also one of the most famous names in the Bible. There is more written about David in the Bible th...

March 15, 2018

Preparing for Easter

“The Passover”

Exodus 12:21-30 & Luke 22:7-20

      

A number of years ago my late wife & I were travelling from Europe back to Hong Kong. We had a brief 3-day stop-over in Istanbul in Turkey. As we drove from the airport into...

March 15, 2018

What's on your face?   Facial expressions reveal a lot of things. There is a story of a couple of prospectors who struck gold.   They had go get to town get more supplies.   They agreed not to tell anyone. But by the time they left a large group of prospectors were fol...

January 26, 2018

“In the Beginning – lessons from Genesis 1”

Genesis 1:1-5, 24-27

A 10-year old girl asked her father, “Where do humans come from?” Her father replied, “God made Adam & Eve & they had children & then grandchildren, & so on.”  Two days later the girl asked her mother the s...

January 26, 2018

Lessons from the Life of Joseph (8)

“Forgiveness & Reconciliation” Genesis 43:1-14 & 45:1-7

Last week we were reminded that God sometimes allows us to get into situations that bring us face to face with our sin & disobedience. Joseph’s older brothers tried to cover u...

January 26, 2018

Lessons from the Life of Joseph (7)

“Character & Conscience” 

Genesis 41:41-42:38

The Pharaoh and all his officials were deeply impressed with Joseph’s wisdom & his personality. The power of his godly character shone through everything Joseph said & did but the source of...

January 26, 2018

Lessons from the Life of Joseph (6)

“From Prisoner to Prime Minister”   Genesis 41

After many long years Nelson Mandela was released from prison in Cape Town, South Africa, on February 11th. 1990. Just over four years later, following South Africa’s first fully democrati...

January 26, 2018

Lessons from the Life of Joseph (5)

“God’s Time, God’s Plan”  

Genesis 40:1-23

Last week we saw how Joseph was given a free, one-way ticket to prison – to a dark & dirty dungeon. He had been falsely accused and humanly speaking was in a hopeless situation. Yet we saw that...

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