15/03/2020

Hi Church,

This week we are into the third part of our series based on the book of Ezra.

We are talking about worship (because it is actually quite a common theme through the book of Ezra), and how God’s people began to rebuild the altar and then the temple at Jerusalem.

And at the time of Ezra, God dwelt in a physical, geographical place (the Temple in Jerusalem), and so it was important for God’s people to rebuild the temple and begin their worship of God to allow his blessings to flow into their lives as per the Old covenant.

We now live in New Testament (covenant) times, and so instead of God dwelling in a physical, geographical place -he dwells within us.

What does this mean for us? Well it means that worship is who we are, and not something that we do. You are called to live a life of worship, called as living temples of the Holy Spirit to share God’s presence with the world.

The God of love reclaim you with His promises as you worship Him, Pastor Ben

08/03/2020

Hi Church,Today we continue with part two of our series on the book of Ezra called ‘Reclaim’.

And while the reading is a little bit longer than usual (nothing like a good dose of Old Testament history), the history contains an important truth: that God uses unlikely people to accomplish his purposes and bless the community of faith.

King Cyrus, King Darius and King Artaxerxes were all major power influencers of their time in the Persian reign over most of the known world.

Yet God moved in and through them to allow His people to return from exile and begin to establish God’s kingdom in Jerusalem once again, as they begun to rebuild the temple.

And God continues today to use the people in our lives, whether bosses, managers, coaches or politicians to bless the community of faith. I encourage you to keep praying for these people, and thank God for working through them as He seeks to use others to reclaim you!

The God of love reclaim you with His promises this Lenten season, Pastor Ben

01/03/2020

Hi Church,

This week we begin a brand new Lenten series called ‘Reclaim’ as we step through the book of Ezra.

As we journey in Lent from Ash Wednesday through Good Friday to Easter Sunday we are going to look at what God did in the Old Testament for the Jewish people.

We will find that through failure, forgetting what is of most importance, and through sin, there are times when we too may (like the Jewish people) become exiles attempting to return to God.

In the book of Ezra, the good news is that God reclaimed his people according to His promises, that despite our past, and despite our sins, God still claims us as His own through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus.

He also gives us an abundant future, one of hope and one of life as he reclaims and redeems us for His purpose in this world.

May our God of love reclaim you with His promises this Lenten season,
Pastor Ben