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31 October 2017

'Flee to Jesus that the torn may be mended, the mob silenced, the weak bolstered and the scared made brave in the presence of Him who is King.' - Beth Moore There is no hierarchy in the family of God. No division, none more valuable than the next. We gather together every Sunday, walking through the doors echoing the Psalmist, 'As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord...

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14 November 2017

'You know you have an idol when you have to perform.' Ann Voskamp Earn.Prove.Strive. Perform. Those are the messages, both subtle and overt, at the core of every worldview and religion. Save one. For the Christian, we are invited to rest (Matt 11:30). Rest in an identity already won our identity in Christ. Our performance is as filthy rags so we rest in the 'it is fin...

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21 November 2017

'A servant of God has but one Master. It ill becomes the servant to seek to be rich, and great, and honoured in that world where his Lord was poor and despised.' George Muller "He is the image ofthe invisible God,the firstborn of all creation.For by Him all things were created,in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whetherthrones ordominions or rulers or authorit...

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17 October 2017

'Grace is God's refusal to allow us to define ourselves or to have the last word.' Michael Horton Words have weight carrying the power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21). Flowing from the heart, coming out of the mouth to bless or curse (Luke 6:45, James 3:10). Our Enemy the father of lies is constantly attempting to leverage the words we hear in culture, in passing, ...

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24 October 2017

'Grace is sufficient even though we huff and puff with all our might to try and find something or someone that it cannot cover.' Brennan Manning 'For from His fullness we all received, grace upon grace (Jn 1:16).' Our God lacks nothing. He does not grow weary, He does not slumber, He does not sleep, He does not need to be replenished or refreshed (Is 40:28, Ps 50, Hag 2:...

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10 October 2017

'All truth, no grace we dry up. All grace, no truth we blow up. Truth and grace we grow up.' Scotty Smith This is my prayer for each of us, that grace and truth will be inseparable in our lives. And this marriage will be reflected in our demeanor and attitude, in our posture of serving, and in our words, actions and thoughts towards our families, friends, and the famil...

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3 October 2017

'When the Word becomes flesh in me, my flesh becomes Word.' E. Stanley Jones 'Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come [2 Cor 5:17].' Before Christ we were not merely bad people, who were cleaned up and made a little better through Christ we were dead people made alive in Him [Col 2:13]. In fact, our old ...

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31 January 2017

'He speaks and listening to His voice, new life the dead receive / the mournful, broken hearts rejoice, the humble poor believe.' Charles Wesley His Word is order-shaping. His Word is world-making. His Word is life-giving. His Word is eternal. His Word is stands forever. His Word is Jesus. Our world is darkened by sin. Our hearts are darkened by sin. But there is ...

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24 January 2017

'A superficial understanding of Scripture produces a superficial worship.' John McArthur What fuels your worship? Is it the superficial or the steady? The superficial fuel for our worship could be any number of things from melody, song choice, quality and cohesion of a performed piece, our emotions, the right environment and aesthetics. Like the crazed prophets of Baal...

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17 January 2017

'Let no day slip over without some comfort received of the Word of God.' John KnoxIn a world addicted and exhausted, belittled and broken we are all looking for comfort.We search for it internally.We search externally only to find temporary relief to an eternal longing.We meet Comfort through the inspired Word of the Comforter (2 Tim 3:16, Jn 1:1-4, Jn 14:16,26). His Word...

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27 December 2016

'Scripture is God's Word to us and not a collection of human words about God.' Eugene Peterson We can trust God's Word not because man has written it, or because man has said it is worthy of trust but because God has spoken it. The same voice that spoke everything into being breathed out His Word to us (Jn1:3, Matt 5:18, 2 Tim 3:16). As far as it depends on us, let Go...

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20 Dec 2016

It seems to have been a particularly heavy time in the life of Cornerstone Church for many of our members. It's in these moments the impact of the fall, the distortion of sin, and brokenness of our world and lives is palpable, tangible, clear and acute. And it's in these times when we are tempted to despair, tempted to believe the lie that things are broken beyond repair, ...

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13 December 2016

'Worship expresses in song what God's Word is teaching. It is training our heart to believe and calling others to believe God's Word is true.' Kevin Peck This past Sunday we sang of 'Emmanuel' in song after song. That God is with us, God is among us, God is for us (Matt 1:23, Rom 8:31, Jn 1:14). But do we actually believe that is true? And I don't mean theoretically unde...

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29 November 2016

'Where there is no passion for the Word of God, other passions take over.' D.A. Carson Musicians are excited by melody, dynamics, harmony, musical texture and tone. But the servant leader is excited by how those musical elements create space for the Word of God to be on display. It is their primary passion. 'The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the Word of the Lo...

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22 November 2016

'In today's hurrying age, I am firmly persuaded that many Christians don't give time enough to the private reading of Scriptures.' JC Ryle Whether the stable and steady, or the uncertain and fearful I find myself returning to two places again and again: God's Word and God-songs songs that anchor the truth of God's Word to my soul. 'Be to me a rock of refuge, to which ...

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15 November 2016

'As Christians we do not look at the Bible from outside. We live in it. It is our story.' Lesslie Newbigin Scripture is God's Word that in every place from start to finish shouts of Jesus (2 Tim 3:16, Jn 5:39). It is our story, because we are a part of God's Story History. We are 'rooted and built up' in His Story (Col 2:7). And as we gather we look to His story, and a...

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1 November 2016

'Thy glory o'er creation shines, but in Thy sacred Word I read in fairer, brighter lines, my bleeding, dying Lord.' Anne Steele We see God's glory on display in creation. He has set His glory in the heavens. The skies proclaim His handiwork (Ps 19:1). From the slightest colour to the greatest cosmos, everything is spinning in worship of our Creator God. But God has also...

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25 October 2016

'We can spare everything except the Word. We profit nothing so much as by the Word.' Martin Luther Worship is always a response. And in our sung corporate worship, we are responding to God's Word, with God's Word, from God's Word and because of God's Word. It is read, taught, applied, prayed, sung, meditated on and lived out in our gathered time God's Word is sharper th...

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18 October 2016

'Let your singing drive you to the Scriptures and let the Scriptures drive you back to singing.' Stephen Miller When the Word of Christ dwells in us richly, it pours out in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs for the building up of the Body (Col 3:16). And I am convinced that as servant leaders, there is nothing of greater value to those we serve than to be people of the W...

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11 October 2016

'Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God, for "All flesh is like grass, and all it's glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but ...

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