Thursday, 30 April 2020

1 John 4

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

1 John 3

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

1 John 2


1 John 2 NIV My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is…

Read all of the chapter here.

Monday, 27 April 2020

1 John 1



1 John 1 NIV That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son,…

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Overview: 1-3 John

Sunday, 26 April 2020

John 21


John 21 Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was…


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Saturday, 25 April 2020

John 20


John 20 Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him!” So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and…


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Friday, 24 April 2020

John 19


John 19 Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face. Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews gathered there, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him.” When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe…


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Thursday, 23 April 2020

John 18


John 18 When he had finished praying, Jesus left with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley. On the other side there was a garden, and he and his disciples went into it. Now Judas, who betrayed him, knew the place, because Jesus had often met there with his disciples. So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons. Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen…


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Wednesday, 22 April 2020

John 17



John 17 After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory…

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Tuesday, 21 April 2020

AC/BC


Welcome to Year 1 AC. Things have changed dramatically in our world since year 1 began in December 2019. We’ve almost forgotten what life was like Before Corona. We now live with “Hand Sanitizer” and “Social Distancing”- things unfamiliar to most of us BC.

Yes, life After Corona is certainly different, but people are finding ways to adapt. News reports tell of huge increases in sales of alcoholic drinks, a big rise in online betting and domestic violence, while children are found doing new things -oddly, things that their parents did BC, such as camping in the back yard, riding bikes, and making things from paper and cardboard.

Will everything remain different in the year ahead? Some are saying that life Before Corona was in need of a big overhaul anyway. Was there a Big Conspiracy going on BC? Has our world changed forever as we move forward into Another Century?

Serious questions are being asked in these AC days. Answers are too few to give us an insight into what life will be like in the days ahead. But one thing is certain: our God is not daunted by the AC/BC situation. He is not even a BC/AD God. He is in fact far beyond time, whether AC, BC or even AD. He is timeless, eternal, unaffected by the passing of time. Ageless, Changeless.

And he still holds the whole world in his hands! Then what do we have to fear? “Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 8.38-39.

Always Changeless. So, Be Certain of his love, his power, and his grace, and praise Him for Being Constant and Always Compassionate.


Pastor John

John 16




John 16 “All this I have told you so that you will not fall away. They will put you out of the synagogue; in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think they are offering a service to God. They will do such things because they have not known the Father or me. I have told you this, so that when their time comes you will remember that I warned you about them. I did not tell you this from the beginning because I was with you, but now I am going to him who sent me. None of…


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Monday, 20 April 2020

John 15


John 15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you,…

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Sunday, 19 April 2020

John 14


John 14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.” Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am…

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Saturday, 18 April 2020

John 13



As we now move into the second half of John's good news account, let us look at part 2 from the Bible Project team.

Let us now invite the LORD to shine a light on His Good News, as we read chapter 13. 

John 13 It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer…
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Friday, 17 April 2020

John 12

Today we are going to start a new daily Reading Plan.   And it may seem a little odd but we are going to start from midway through John's Gospel (Chapter 12).  This will provide us all with a different perspective (or view) from that of Luke, of Jesus and the Good News.  This will line up with Pastor John's message from John 14 this coming Sunday.

As an extra challenge, you could read from John chapter 1 to chapter 12 in one go! And then a chapter a day, thereafter.

Here is an overview, from the Bible Project team, of the first half of John gospel.



I trust we will be blessed as we read the Scriptures together.

John 12 Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray…

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Thursday, 16 April 2020

Faith not Religion - Part 2

This is the second in a series of short videos from people in different global and local contexts. They were asked to respond to the prompt: Faith not Religion... what does that mean to you?

https://vimeo.com/405674243

Thanks Global Interaction!

Other ways to Worship


In these unusual days when we can’t meet together for worship, we can do other things to express our thanks to the Lord. Many of us are finding that we have extra time at present because we are staying at home much more than usual. Can we invest some of that time in meditating on Scripture, listening to gospel music, or finding other ways to worship?

Something I have been doing is making a list of things I know about God, then finding verses in the Bible that teach us about each thing. I have made a list that has 31 things about God- one for each day of the month. I am adding verses from the Bible that teach us about that thing. This stirs my heart to want to worship the Lord for who he is and what he does.

For example, my list on day five is ‘GOD LOVES US’ and I started my list of verses with Psalm 107.1 “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his lovingkindness (love) is everlasting.”.

There are heaps of verses about God’s love, and your list will quickly grow. You will want to pause and give thanks to the Lord for his love for all people, and especially for yourself. Let the verses stir your heart in gratitude and thanks. You may even find yourself singing a song that relates to a verse that you find.

You could do this as a personal exercise, or as a shared one with others in your home. And - if you do this with the kids, you will find it is a great way to get them familiar with Bible study methods.

And don’t forget our Sunday online church service which you can be part of at a time that suits you. You should receive an email each weekend about it.

You are in my thoughts!

Pastor John

Wednesday, 15 April 2020

Faith not Religion - Part 1

Global Interaction have released a series of short videos from people in different global and local contexts. They were asked to respond to the prompt: Faith not Religion... what does that mean to you? This is Part 1.

https://vimeo.com/405669320


This is a good question for us to think about as well!

Sunday, 12 April 2020

Luke 24

Jesus Has Risen



Luke 24 NIV On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among…

Read all of Luke 24 here.

Saturday, 11 April 2020

Luke 23

Luke 23 NIV Then the whole assembly rose and led him off to Pilate. And they began to accuse him, saying, “We have found this man subverting our nation. He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be Messiah, a king.” So Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “You have said so,” Jesus replied. Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no basis for a charge against this man.” But they insisted, “He stirs up the people all over Judea by his teaching…

Read all of Luke 23 here.

Friday, 10 April 2020

Luke 22

Luke 22 NIV Now the Festival of Unleavened Bread, called the Passover, was approaching, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some way to get rid of Jesus, for they were afraid of the people. Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus. They were delighted and agreed to give him money. He consented, and watched for an…

Read all of Luke 22 here.

Thursday, 9 April 2020

Luke 21

Luke 21 NIV As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, “As…

Read all of Luke 21 here.

Wednesday, 8 April 2020

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Luke 20

Luke 20 NIV One day as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple courts and proclaiming the good news, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, together with the elders, came up to him. “Tell us by what authority you are doing these things,” they said. “Who gave you this authority?” He replied, “I will also ask you a question. Tell me: John’s baptism—was it from heaven, or of human origin?” They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Why didn’…

Read Luke 20 here.

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Luke 19

Luke 19 NIV Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed…

Read all of Luke 19 here.

Monday, 6 April 2020

Luke 17 & 18

Luke 17-18 NIV Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble. So watch yourselves. “If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I…

Read all of Luke 17 and 18 here.

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Zoom at Noon

It was great to catch up with all who checked in to our Zoom and Noon CasBap meeting.  It's so good to gather, (even if it's just on-line). It was also good to pray for each other both those near and far.

We pray for our health professionals and their families,  those not able to connect on-line, our families in distant lands, our leaders and those who are affected directly by the COVID-19 economic downturn.

LORD hear our prayers



Luke 15 & 16

Luke 15-16 NIV Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and…

Read all of Luke 15 and 16 here.

Saturday, 4 April 2020

ENGAGING in Low-tech and High-tech LOVE!

Let's share some low-tech love!

Living Mission Under Social Distancing — ways to live like Jesus, today.

Our oldest loved ones love letters, notes, and phone calls. These people are the most isolated by social distancing, least adept at high-tech communication, and most appreciative of these low-tech gifts of love. So, let's make a little low-tech effort to love on our special folks!


Let's share in learning some ‘high’-tech love!

The Casbap Sunday noon – 1pm catch upon Zoom is hosted by Mal (and Chris). It is a comfortable place to become used to using this way of connection which is with us now. Join in when you can for whatever time works for you in that hour. There is ‘room’ for up to 100 people and there is lots of space on the ‘canvas’. Q: who are the artists? Yes, Sunday afternoon was an enjoyable and refreshing time.

Feel very welcome to join into the hour when you can. It is a good time.



From a reading today, the closing paragraphs include …

Prayer is a sacred act for humbled humans. In prayer, we turn from being disillusioned with our own resources and strength. And if we are to learn well from Manasseh’s self-humbling (as his son did not), we will not wait until we are in dire straits to turn Godward and appeal for divine help. We will make it a pattern now.

Humility in the worst of times grows out of prayerful desperation in the best of times. For those of us who are under the delusion that we are strong, prayer makes little sense, especially as a pattern of life. But when we freshly realize our weakness, we find that the New Testament’s emphasis on unceasing prayer (1 Thessalonians 5:17) is not a burden but an unparalleled offer.

(David Mathis ‘Prayer is for the humbled

Let us be READING God’s Word; ENGAGING in low-tech and high-tech LOVE and faithful in PRAYER. 


Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love. Ephesians 6:24

Dianne Gronow

Luke 13 & 14

Luke 13-14 NIV Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no!…

Read all of Luke 13 and 14 here.

Friday, 3 April 2020

Luke 12

Luke 12 NIV Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs. “I tell…

Read all of Luke 12 here.

Thursday, 2 April 2020

Fellowship from Home


Until recently, each of us normally devoted about 2 hours each Sunday to our church gatherings- from about 8.30 to 10.30. There are two important things we engage in during that two hours- one is worship, the other is fellowship. We are missing out on these things when we can’t meet with other believers.

The challenge is to find ways to continue to worship the Lord and also have fellowship with each other. Can you find ways to use the two hours you would normally give to the Sunday gathering to be creative in both worship and fellowship?

Worship is something we do every day in our personal time with the Lord, but maybe there’s more we can do- I’ll have a suggestion next time.

Fellowship- wow! There are so many things we can do to stay in touch with each other and encourage one another. Encouragement is vital at a time like this, isn’t it? I received a text message recently from a lady in our church, giving a link to a Christian song. I was encouraged by the text, let alone the song! Text messages, phone calls, emails.... it’s so easy to stay in touch in this digital age!

How can you encourage people? Is someone lonely? Is someone having trouble getting to the shops for supplies? Has someone lost their job due to the virus? Is someone in isolation and feeling frustrated? Is someone facing financial problems? Making contact is a great way to have fellowship, and can be really helpful to the person you contact.

Over to you!

Pastor John

Luke 11

Luke 11 NIV One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: “‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’” Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say, ‘…

Read all of Luke 11 here.

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Luke 10

Luke 10 NIV After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road. “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If someone…

Read all of Luke 10 here.