The two ways to find happiness

Posted: 11 February 2011 / Luke 15:25-32

Blase Pascal, the French Mathematician and philosopher said,

All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end… This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves.

This Sunday we come to the topic: “The Two Ways to Find Happiness”. We are are looking at how younger-brother types seek to find happiness with drugs sex and booze, while older-brother types seek to find happiness in religion, law, and prayer. In the parable of The Two Lost Sons (Luke 15) Jesus explains that both these ways are dead end streets to happiness. Pray with me that as we meditate on Luke 15 this Sunday our...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Sermon Series

All of life is repentance

Posted: 06 February 2011 / Luke 15:14-20

This Sunday we continued our series on Luke 15 by looking at ‘All of Life is Repentance’.

In his novel Popcorn, Ben Elton, through the voice of Bruce, comments sarcastically on our inability to own our faults. He says,

Nothing is anybody’s fault. We don’t do wrong, we have problems. We’re victims, alcoholics, sexaholics . . . Victims! People don’t fail any more. They experience negative success. We are building a culture of gutless, spineless, self-righteous, whining cry-babies who have an excuse for everything and take responsibility for nothing.

As far as I can see, there are only two groups in Australia, who, when they get together, the first thing they do is own...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Sermon Series

The lure of distance

Posted: 28 January 2011 / Luke 15:11-13

This Sunday we continue our series on Luke 15 by looking at what my friend Justin Moffatt calls, ‘The Lure of Distance’. The story of the two brothers is about a search; a desire for a better life in a distant country; an experience; a thrill; a fantasy. It is about the lure of distance. I wonder whether you have had the experience sometime in the last week, where you have daydreamed about leaving, of getting away, of searching to find a better reality than you currently have, of getting away from responsibility. Why this lure of distance? Come on Sunday and let’s have a genuine conversation about why we do this. Don’t just come to hear what I think, but bring your own...

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Author: Toby Neal / Categories: Sermon Series
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