Category - Reflection

How to Prepare to Lead in God’s Word

Posted: 29 July 2014

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As we seek to provide Vine Church with practical training in different areas of ministry life, we come to looking at how to prepare to lead other's in God's Word. But firstly, we need to understand that this training is not 'how to lead other's in God's Word' but instead 'how to prepare to lead other's in God's word'. In my...

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Author: James / Categories: Discipleship, Reflection

Is it ever right to complain about your church?

Posted: 11 June 2014

On Sunday night we looked at Exodus 15-17 and the way God's people grumbled in the desert. Someone asked me afterwards if it is ever right to complain about the church. I said that it is never right to be a grumbler, but it is always right to have holy discontent.

You can tell the difference because a grumbler is someone who:

  • is never satisfied
  • ...
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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Discipleship, Reflection

How do I stop knowing about God and start knowing God?

Posted: 20 May 2014 / Exodus 3-4

On Sunday night at church, we looked at Exodus 3–4 and how we all need to move from knowing about God to knowing God personally. But how do you do that?

In his classic, Knowing God, J.I. Packer answers that exact question. He writes,

How can we turn our knowledge about God into knowledge of God? The rule for doing this is demanding, but simple. It is...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Community, Reflection

Band-Aids to Promote Healing

Posted: 23 August 2013

What is a band-aid? Well its a couple of things. Firstly it is an acknowledgement that their is a hurt. This is why my daughter will ask me first for a band-aid, to which my response is "where does it hurt honey?". Secondly, it is a promoter of healing, providing protection for the hurt to be restored again. The larger the wound the larger the band-aid, so...

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Author: James / Categories: Discipleship, Reflection, Sermon Series

Learning from Gospel Farmers

Posted: 06 March 2013 / Colossians

5 Christian books in 5 weeks.

As we have been making our way through our Jesus + Nothing = Everything series in Colossians, we have been called to see the importance of maturity as a Christian and placing ourselves in good soil, under 'good farmers, drinking in nutrients, pulling out weeds, and seeing fruit grow. One of the blessings we have been given by...

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Author: James / Categories: Discipleship, Reflection, Reviews

You Can Change

Posted: 06 February 2012 / Mark 5:1-20

Last night I spoke about the life changing power of Jesus in the life of the demonised man in Mark 5:1-20. The point of the sermon, and this is the mission of our church, is that when people meet Jesus, their lives get compleatly changed. That is what our church is about: meeting Jesus and having your life changed.

A good book on this subject is You Can...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: News, Reflection

The Road to Contentment

Posted: 10 January 2012 / Hebrews 13:5, 1 Timothy 6:6-8, 1 Tim 6:6–12, Proverbs 19:23

Very often we arrive at contentment by the wrong road.

I think the major way most of us find contentment is by despising the good things others have. We look at their new home, new job, new car, their relationships or their beauty, or whatever it is, and we covet it. But once we realise we will never be happy coveting, we move to despising. We look at our...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Reflection

Psalm 63

Posted: 28 September 2011 / Psalm 63

If you are thirsty, what do you thirst for? And if you are in a desert, what do you long for? A drink of water, right? It's simple. It’s not rocket science.

But King David, when in a desert, and with his enemies bearing down on him, was able to say what he really thirsts for in Psalm 63:

O God, you are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for...

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Categories: News, Reflection

Reflection on Matthew 8

Posted: 11 August 2011 / Matthew 8

Mike W. reflects on Matthew 8:

I heard somewhere that faith is trusting in something out of our control. We do this all the time, whether it be in our purchasing habits, in our jobs or even in forming our opinions on science, culture and politics. However what I think is most telling is our faith in relationships. We observe certain characteristics in...

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Reflection on Genesis 21-22

Posted: 25 July 2011 / Genesis 21-22

Michael reflects on Genesis 21-22:

There is some crazy stuff in the Old Testament and this is certainly the case in Genesis 21 and 22. We have a nonagenarian (90-99 year old) becoming a mother for the first time, Abraham a dad for the first time at 100 not out, wells springing up out of nowhere in the desert and perhaps one of the more shocking parts of...

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