Devotional 17 December 2017

Jesus Is The Reason For The Season! Rejoice! Christmas is God’s gift that continues long after the holiday season ends. The guests are gone, the decorations put away, but the ministry of Jesus Christ continues in our lives. Luke 2 in the Bible tells us about the lowly...

Devotional 10 December 2017

Can we pause and think about this for a moment: what was in the heart of God, in the sending of our Saviour? No, not a debate on when in His time that might have been, but to consider that it WAS in his heart at all, speaks to who our Father is. We cannot comprehend...

Devotional 26 November 2017

Do you think that God cares what you do with your money? He certainly does! The Bible has 2,500 references about money and how to handle it. That is five times more than faith and prayer! One memorable story Jesus told is The Talents Story (Matt 25: 14-28). At the...

Devotional 19 November 2017

Being an avid gardener, I love to get my hands in the soil and to tend and nurture all kinds of plants--unless, or course, that plant is a weed. I dislike weeds and can be ruthless when I see one in my garden. I do whatever is necessary to snuff out its life--chop it...

Devotional 17 December 2017

Jesus Is The Reason For The Season! Rejoice! Christmas is God’s gift that continues long after the holiday season ends. The guests are gone, the decorations put away, but the ministry of Jesus Christ continues in our lives. Luke 2 in the Bible tells us about the lowly...

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Devotional 10 December 2017

Can we pause and think about this for a moment: what was in the heart of God, in the sending of our Saviour? No, not a debate on when in His time that might have been, but to consider that it WAS in his heart at all, speaks to who our Father is. We cannot comprehend...

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Devotional 26 November 2017

Do you think that God cares what you do with your money? He certainly does! The Bible has 2,500 references about money and how to handle it. That is five times more than faith and prayer! One memorable story Jesus told is The Talents Story (Matt 25: 14-28). At the...

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Devotional 19 November 2017

Being an avid gardener, I love to get my hands in the soil and to tend and nurture all kinds of plants--unless, or course, that plant is a weed. I dislike weeds and can be ruthless when I see one in my garden. I do whatever is necessary to snuff out its life--chop it...

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Devotional 12 November 2017

THE DIVINE POTTER YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER Imagine that you are a piece of clay in the hands of the divine potter, your heavenly Father. What kind of clay are you? Do you yield to the pressure of His hand, or do you harden your will and refuse to bend? His goal is to...

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Devotional 5 November 2017

FACING LIFE’S OBSTACLES Joshua 1: 1-9 As Joshua stepped into Moses’ giant sized sandals, he faced the biggest challenge of his life - bringing the Israelites into the Promised Land. The responsibility was huge, and we can surmise from the Lord’s repeated commands to...

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Devotional 29 October 2017

"For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His."  2 Chronicles 16:9. God's choices often seem so illogical from our point of view. We tell ourselves it can't possibly be what He really...

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Devotional 22 October 2017

Our lives are made up of moments in time. Some sad, some happy, some challenging, some tedious, some fulfilling and so on. How we live out those moments can depend on how we feel, how we think, what we focus on and who we mix with. I have several special people in my...

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Devotional 15 October 2017

Thank you God for our Children On the 29th October our Children’s Church officially starts. We thank God for the children and families joining us and helping us to make this happen. We have been praying for more children and God is answering our prayers. We thank God...

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Devotional 8 October 2017

FACING LIFE’S OBSTACLES Joshua 1: 1-9 As Joshua stepped into Moses’ giant sized sandals, he faced the biggest challenge of his life-bringing the Israelites into the Promised Land. The responsibility was huge, and we can surmise from the Lord’s repeated commands to "be...

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Devotional 1 October 2017

To go a step further in God …give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1Thessalonians 5:18.  As we see in the above verse, giving thanks in any circumstance is God’s will for us. We do not need to discuss if it is God’s will or...

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Devotional 24 September 2017

Song of Solomon 2:11-12 (New International Version) “See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.” Spring time is a favourite season. It is a sign of new...

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Devotional 17 September 2017

What Does it Mean to "Be Still and know that I am God"? This popular verse comes from Psalm 46:10. It comes from a longer section of Scripture that proclaims the power and security of God. Christians often interpret the command to “be still” as “to be quiet in God’s...

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Devotional 10 September 2017

I had a problem, because I worried that anxiety was a sin. In Matthew 6:25-34 and Philippians 4, Jesus and Paul seem to tell us 'be anxious for nothing' (Ph 4:6a) But here's the thing; I can't just turn it off. I remind myself of all the reasons I shouldn't have to...

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Devotional 3 September 2017

FATHERS' DAY MESSAGE About 18 years ago I held 2 small girls in my arms and honestly felt a bit shell shocked about it all. They did not come with instructions or a manual, in fact they did not come with much except the ability to cry, eat and poop, oh and...

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Devotional 27 August 2017

SEEK PEACE AND PURSUE IT John 14:27 (NIV) “ Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid”. These words were spoken by Jesus at the Last Supper, shortly before His...

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Devotional 20 August 2017

There are always life principles to learn and to apply from scripture. Paul’s letters are no exception to this. In the 2nd Chapter of Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi his encouragement was for the church to put the interests of the group, above individual...

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Devotional 13 August 2017

Great news, God's word is the only food that does NOT have calories!!  What it does have is Truth, the very food our lives need. The author (GOD) speaks freely to any who want to hear. This amazing God desires relationship with US. Psalm 107 v 9 says, "He satisfies...

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Devotional 6 August 2017

JOY   I read something recently which said that “Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation.” I...

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Devotional 30 July 2017

PROCRASTINATION   I wonder how often in my life have I thought too long and hard about certain things that in the end probably didn’t matter. Also through my inactivity on some points has someone missed out on a blessing because I wondered if I should have done...

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Devotional 23 July 2017

God's Word   Read anything good in God’s word, lately? The other week, Ross touched on our need to study the word and to every day spend quality time with our heavenly Father. He suggested that, if not in the habit, then even a few minutes a day was a good start. I...

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Devotional 16 July 2017

Lack Nothing Imagine going on a trip without luggage. No basic necessities. No change of clothing, no money or credit cards. Sounds both unwise and terrifying, doesn't it? But that’s exactly what Jesus told his twelve disciples to do when he sent them out on their...

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Devotional 9 July 2017

HOLINESS   Perhaps Holiness is an old fashioned, for some a ‘religious’ word; for others redundant and irrelevant. It is not an everyday-language word. Yet there is an emphasis in scripture that removes all ambiguity around who, what and how we are, Holy. Holiness has...

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Devotional 2 July 2017

He is not a disappointment!   "Jesus is far more to me than in all my glowing daydreams I had fancied He could be; And the more I get to know Him, so the more I find Him true, And the more I long that others should be led to know Him too."   This hymn often comes to...

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Devotional 25 June 2017

Welcome to Pastor Ross and Karyn!   A huge welcome to Pastor Ross & Karyn Woodhouse, and all others who have joined us today from The Vine, or elsewhere! We have been looking forward to your arrival with great anticipation, believing your coming to us has been...

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Devotional 18 June

God Cares   In Psalms 55 v 22 we read, “Cast all your burdens (cares) upon the Lord.”   God has given us abilities to think and take control of things that we are able to manage. However, in this passage it reads “cast all your cares on the Lord”. God is offering to...

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Devotional 11 June 2017

We have been challenged lately on how we respond to the internal and external pressures that impact us each day. It may be the on-going support required by family members. It may be the chronic pain issues that impact our thinking and impact any decisions we need or...

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Devotional 4 June 2017

Prayer   Recently I was reading an inspirational book, “The Art of Prayer” by Timothy Jones. It is subtitled “A simple guide to Conversation with God”.  Two sections in particular, challenged me -   Letting go…..Henri Nouwen writes Whenever you pray, you profess that...

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Devotional 28 May 2017

OUR PART IN MISSION   Shortly before he was crucified, Jesus gave these instructions to his apostles, “Go ye into all the world and make disciples of all nations”. Shortly after His resurrection, Jesus in speaking to Peter, added these further instructions, “Feed my...

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Devotional 21 May 2017

Caring For The Poor   Deuteronomy 15: 7-11. “There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be open-handed toward your brothers and toward the poor and needy in your land.” (v11) How fitting this scripture is this week as we have the Prayer...

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