Jesus Light of the World - by Jeff Byerley

Jesus explains he is also the light of life. Jesus is the very light of God come among men; and Jesus is the light, which gives people life. A flower can never blossom when it never sees the sunlight. So our lives can never flower with the grace and beauty they ought to have until they are irradiated with the light of the presence of Jesus Christ

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Part 1: Filled with Agape - by Ben Bonython

 And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith. Matthew 13:58

Matthew 13 records that Jesus did only a few miracles because the people who knew Jesus did not believe He was who He said He was.  Think about the time before Pentecost.  Those who walked with Jesus had doubts.  Many were still waiting for the Messiah, even while Jesus was in their midst.  Some worshipped while others doubted as Jesus ascended to Heaven.  The one who proclaimed Jesus as the son of God, denied Jesus. 

But after Pentecost, everything changes.  Paul captures this in Romans

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.  Romans 5:5

Romans 5 connects agape love directly with being filled with the Holy Spirit.  Paul sees this indwelling of the Holy Spirit as the ongoing work of Pentecost.  The unrelenting and unconditional love of God is not just given to us, but is there to fill us to overflowing.  The agape love of God sent Jesus to earth so that we might believe in Him and enjoy eternal life.  For the follower of Jesus, we need to desire the filling of the Spirit, to be dwelt by agape love so that it may change us inside out.

Agape love fills us with the power of God and transforms us to effective witness.  The starting point is rebirth, and being born of spirit and receiving a new heart.  And into this new heart, the person of the Holy Spirit seeks to fill us with agape love.  Only from agape, can we truely exercising His power.  And it always reminds us that God always works from the inside out.  God starts with our heart, we believe in His transforming power at work in us, and our witness of His love and power follows.

What is being filled with the Holy Spirit?  It is being filled with agape Love - a love that must come from God and must continually come from God.  This is what Jesus said when He use to remain in Him - He is the vine -the source of agape - and we are the branches - the carries and conduits of agape...

Being filled with the Holy Spirit is not unusual - it is to experience the way, to know the truth and live the life.

Motherhood is a calling - by Ben Bonython

In Church, you should have daughters and sons but as an older generation, it is your responsibility to move first into motherhood. And because of this, in Church, you should have mothers. The natural and right response is to embrace mums! The Church is a place where woman are called to practice motherhood. Motherhood should be obvious, experienced and celebrated.

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Most precious - by Mignon Young

My mother was capable, always made things look easy.  Nothing was too hard.  She knew the value of being a mother even when things were bleak, difficult or meaningless.  She had a higher calling.  Her God-given job as a mother was important.
I think of my mum as being sacrificial, selfless, caring, loving, mentor, guide and advice giver (even when not wanted), protector, shelter (through the storms of life), giving, and faithful in prayer.

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I am your share - by Ben Bonython

Every time you say no to temptation and no to sin, you make a sacrifice.  Every time you say yes to generous giving and giving up your time and resources to serve others, that is a spiritual sacrifice.  Every time your actions 'cost' you something here on this earth, that is a sacrifice of spiritual consequence.  So because of this, as ones who belong to this holy priesthood, what have a different value system and thought process about 'land' and 'wealth',  We realise that for us, Jesus is our share, Jesus is our portion and our inheritance. 

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Heaven to Earth - by Jeff Byerley

The people knew that the authorities intended to kill Jesus. Earlier they declared him to be demon-possessed for expressing such thoughts! The Messiah was identifying himself as Saviour, yet the people refused to be saved. The opposition attempted to arrest Jesus. But their plans failed as his time had not yet come. The religious leaders were breaking the very laws they professed to uphold

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Great Habits / Courting the New, Working for the Lord - by Ben Bonython

Think about a time when a new person entered into your world, someone who did not know you or your previous work or accomplishments.  Someone who did not value your skills or experience or even desire to find out anything about you.  The favour or history you have enjoyed, and perhaps rightfully so, disappears before your eyes.

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Staring at Jesus is not Rude - by Elizabeth Reynolds

Staring at Jesus is not Rude - by Elizabeth Reynolds

One day when I was riding in the back of the car beside my baby girl watching her staring up at me - again - constantly, it struck me. This is how Jesus wants us to look at him. Staring. Without blinking. It’s not rude. It’s not awkward. It’s a child looking up at its parent with total trust, a feeling of total comfort, confidence and reassurance.

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