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Murray's midweek Message
July 17, 2019

What is the difference between mercy and grace?

Question: “What is the difference between mercy and grace?” Answer: Mercy and grace are often confused. While the terms have similar meanings, grace and mercy are not the same. To summarize the difference: mercy is God not punishing us as our sins deserve, and grace is God blessing us despite the fact that we do not deserve it. […]

July 4, 2019

Who determines what is good?

“This is a trustworthy saying, and I want you to insist on these teachings so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good. These teachings are good and beneficial for everyone.” Titus 3:8 Who determines what is good? When Paul wrote to Titus saying, “so that all who trust in God […]

June 26, 2019

What Teenagers Want From Church

Last Saturday the Thrive leaders headed out for a retreat to align ourselves back with Jesus before the second half of the year. One of the resources we read together in our quiet time was an article that Tara had sent me (Tara always sends me the most phenomenal resources). The youth leaders agreed that […]

June 20, 2019

Profound Parenting

“And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.” Luke 2:52 We often say we know very little of Jesus and his younger years. We wonder what it must have been like for him growing up and what his home life was all about. There is however an incident recorded in Luke’s gospel which reveals a […]

June 12, 2019

God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit

“May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of the Father, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” 2 Corinthians 13:14 A tendency may be to give one of the members of the trinity more continual focus. For example, I am more inclined to consider the attributes of God […]

May 29, 2019

Infinitely more than we can ask or think

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21 We can never fully understand God because he is the creator and […]

May 14, 2019

Food

Food “Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.”” John 4:34 How can doing God’s will be a replacement for food? I do not think that Jesus never ate, for he did on many occasions (cf. Mt 9:10-13 and Jn 21:12). Doing God’s will is […]

April 23, 2019

I need a break

I need a break “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 Back at school a friend of mine was such a regular for detention that one of our teachers used to have pre-written slips just for him. I remember one class, the inevitable happened and […]

April 10, 2019

Friends

“10 For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 11 So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.” Romans 5:10-11 […]

March 20, 2019

Robert’s Midweek Message: “Do parts of the Old Testament use artistic license?”

“Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.” 1 Kings 18:38 One year I decided to read the Bible cover to cover. I only made it through Genesis, partly because I lost vigour […]

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