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20180812 - DPileggi - John 6v35 - 51

Readings: Exodus 16: 1-8, Ephesians 4:25 - 5:2, John 6:35, 41 - 51


John 6: The Bread of Heaven

5 August 2018 - Rev. John Howanstine reminds us that we do not live by bread alone. After Jesus fed the 5,000, the crowds returned to have their bellies filled again. Jesus instead declares himself the Bread of Heaven, calling us to feed on him. For those of us who long for intimacy with Jesus, the Communion Table is a trysting place where the LORD has ordained for us to meet him. Readings: Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15; Psalm 78:23-29; John 6:24-35


John 6: Lift up your hearts

29 July 2018 - Rev. John Howanstine says that Jesus knows we are weak but he calls us to take heart, to be strengthened, to have courage. He wants to transform us from dimly burning wicks into great lights in the world by giving us his own strength. Readings: 2 Kings 4:42-44, Psalm 145:10-19, Ephesians 3:14-21, John 6:1-21


2 Samuel 11: Beware the seeds of sin within

22 July 2018 - Matthew Dalling looks at the story of David and Bathsheba, in which King David breaks half of the 10 Commandments. The seeds of the most terrible deeds reside deep in our hearts, even in the heart in the "best" of us, even those of us close to God. This episode shows us the power of sin, the inescapable consequences of sin, the shrewdness of grace, and the assurance of God's pardon. Readings: 2 Samuel 11:1-16; 2 Samuel 12:1-14; Psalm 14


Mark 6 - John the Forerunner

Mark 6: John The Forerunner Readings: 2 Samuel 6:1-5, 12-19, Ephesians 1:3-14, Mark 6:14-29


Mark 6 - Is not this the carpenter?

Mark 6 - "Is not this the carpenter?" Rev. David Pileggi expounds on the passage in Mark chapter 6 where it is said, "Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him."


Mark 5: Jesus' Touch of LIfe

1 July 2018 - Jesus the Son of God comes to bring life, Rev. David Pileggi reminds us. God is a God of Life. He takes it upon himself to deal with sin through the life and death of Jesus. For the people of Israel who, according to Leviticus, are to be holy, God provided sacrifices and the ritual immersion bath. Concerning the issue of purity, it is no sin to become impure, but it is sin is to remain in impurity. God is more powerful than death and has provided a solution for his people....


Mark 4: God in search of man

Rev. Eime, God in search of man. The expanding garden and co-labourers in the Kingdom. Readings: Job 38:1-11, Psalm 29, Mark 4:35-41


Mark 3: The Will of The Lord

Mark 3: The Will of The Lord The first opposition to the ministry of Jesus was ‘very close to home’. We are called to serve even when the going gets tough. The religious leaders are next to oppose Him and they challenge Him at the source, saying he has a demon. God is life and there is no death in God. They can’t control Jesus and so they accuse Him. Perhaps the unforgivable sin is to look at the good works coming through the Messiah and to say, it is a work of a demon. Jesus says, My...


Shabbat: Echo of Eternity

Rev. David Pileggi expounds further on the depths of the meaning behind the Shabbat for Israel and us today, in this Sunday Evening Sermon.


Mark 2: Shabbat in Liberty

If we love Jesus we will keep his commandments, so it behoves us to know his life and teaching. There are disputes over the interpretation of the sabbath rules. In Jesus day there were great debates and discussions. In no way does Jesus minimise the keeping of the sabbath. God himself rested on the seventh day; the sabbath celebrates redemption; it is about creation and redemption; a taste or down payment of the rest that is to come in eternity. It is essential and important as it becomes...


Matthew 28:Trinitarian Life.

Matthew 28:Trinitarian Life. It is not by accident that trinity sunday comes a week after pentecost. When we talk about the trinity it is abstract, intellectual and embarrassing. How do you defend and explain it. In many ways it should be left a mystery. The context is that after the resurrection Jesus is sending his disciples out; He wants them to go into all the world. Jesus is seen to have authority, raising up students who became disciples, who reflect the character of the teacher....


John 16 - Shavuot, Pentecost

John 16 - Shavuot, Pentecost The day of pentecost - feast of weeks, celebrating the wheat harvest. This feast began to be associated with the giving of the Torah and it falls fifty days after passover, as the giving of the Law, and as Christians, the giving of the Spirit. It is not simply the giving of the Law versus the giving of the Spirit. These are in fact similar and tell us about the character and grace of God, when he gives us an unearned gift. Readings: Exodus 34:22-35, Romans...


Luke 24 - D-Day

Luke 24 - D-Day The season between the pouring out of the Holy Spirit and the ascension presents us with the tension that exists in what is happening here on earth and in heaven. If God is good, why are all these things happening? The story begins in the Garden; Jesus message is the Kingdom. The deity of Jesus is right there in front of us as demonstrated in the period of time from the resurrection and ascension. The ruler of this world is judged. The cross and resurrection was our D-Day,...


The Tragedy of the House of Herzl

David Pileggi lectures of the tragic lives of Theodor Herzl's family. Herzl died young in the midst of his Zionist project, leaving his widow and children penniless. His children never found stability, and all died awfully young. We ask for grace for the audio quality as there were many birds chirping where this lecture was given.


John 15: Jesus, ‘Friend of Sinners.’

John 15: Jesus, ‘Friend of Sinners.’ The gospel of John clearly demonstrates what friendship is all about. There is an invitation to come and investigate. The friendship that Jesus is offering us is modelled on his relationship with the Father. The basis of biblical friendship is the way the Father loves the Son. Jesus is found in the bosom of the Father. In order for there to be friendship there has to be relationship. Readings: Acts 10:44-48, 1 John 5:1-6, John 15:9-17


John 15: Abide in Resurrection Reality.

John 15: Abide in Resurrection Reality. God is looking for a people, to inhabit and to indwell. So what difference does the resurrection make, and what is our witness? Resurrection Reality is life and victory, from the beginning God gives us a choice; choose life or choose death, be obedient, guard and cultivate the garden. The Gospel of John is written to disciples. Abide is to stay in, to stay with me, to dwell with me. How does this produce life? In understanding the relationship that...


John 10: The True Shepherd

John 10: The True Shepherd Here in the Middle East rain is a blessing, and it is also a blessing in the prophetic scripture as it speaks about one central event that has taken place, the restoration of Israel to their homeland. Reflected in today’s readings, the shepherd and the sheep, is a theme that runs through the scriptures, this also speaks of God’s regathering of his ancient people. The seventieth year is important as it signifies the shabbat rest of the land. We are still waiting...


Reconciling Israel and the Nations

As Israel celebrates 70 years of statehood, we offer this teaching by David Pileggi on Israel's calling to be a blessing to the nations. Many in the Middle East are drawn by Jesus' command to "love your enemy," but most say that it is an impossible ideal. David shows us how God, in the Trinity, models relationship for us. David then updates us on how the Holy Spirit is working in the hearts of Israel's predominately Muslim neighbors, bringing forth the first fruits of the Father's promise...


Luke 26 - Behold my hands and my feet!

Luke 26 - Behold my hands and my feet! Jesus will bear the marks of the cross for eternity, they are not the marks of defeat but are a mark of his triumph; however none of His bones were broken. What comes out of these wounds and suffering? He has empathy with our pain, He has entered into all of those human experiences, He has passed through all of these things. When he says, “Go and be my witnesses”, we are also the broken. What does that allow us to do? It allows us to do as Jesus has...