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Without God we are dust. We are compound creatures: called up from the very dust to set our sights on the heavens. Letting the breath of God - the Holy Spirit enliven us.

Intentionally being diligent not careless, encouraging not critical, thankful not complaining, resolute not compromising.

How we need to intentionally declare our identity in Christ to ourselves, the enemy and the world.

Being intentional about representing Jesus is 95% about how you are when you are not intentionally representing Him and 5% about when you are deliberately representing Him.

Take an intentional stance on Prayer, tips to praying intentionally, specifically and persistent.

Making prayer part of daily life and not a tick box exercise.

Worship intentionally. How praise can lead to worship, the benefits of worship; how to worship and worship as a lifestyle.

A word for the Church in 2020.

 

Now is a time to stop drifting through our Christian Lives, following the road blindly.  It is a time to be intentional about how we

 
 
Seek Him
 
Worship Him
 
Engage with Him
 
Acknowledge Him (refer)
 
Represent Him
 
 

The Magi were seeking a king - what are you seeking?

 
 
 
christmas dinner 2428029 640The average Christmas Day Calorie intake is  6000 calories but why?
 
Part of the reason is the portion size. - we all like a big plate of food.
 
Some of it was the richness of the food. We like the sweet things at Christmas.
 
A lot of it was that at Christmas we have an attitude of ‘As well as and not instead of’ -
 
We have sausages in bacon as well as the meat.
 
We have sausage meat stuffing as well as the pigs in blankets, as well as the meat. You get the pictureWe tend to have things as well as rather than instead.
 
If I was a dietician I may tell you that this is not a good Idea. Fortunately, I am not a dietician. I’m a pastor and I want to suggest that at Christmas. This is good.
 
The ideas of having an ‘as well as’ attitude, of bigger portions, of richer helpings and is a healthy thing - may be not be good for your waistline but for your soul.
 
Videos used in this message are 
 

Knowing the Price of peach, the Joy of Peace and the Giver of peace.

How the happenings of the nativity were not chance but a carefully orchestrated plan of God, played out over generations. What this teaches us about how we should prepare for the season of Christmas. 

John the Baptist was a speaker of hope. His birth and life are a model for our own.  From waiting for our own personal advent to living an authentic life.  We are called to be bringers of life.  

Seeking the miraculous.

Having your own story of God working in lives is how faith is communicated.  Drawing on Moses' experience of the miraculous Jonathan explores how we can step into walking in faith to develop our own God stories

Forgiveness; Restoration; Reconciliation
There is a common maxim that you when in polite company you should never discuss. Religion, Money or Politics. As believers we have to engage in all three. This message looks at the repeated pattern of "Know and Do" that we are caled to apply across all areas of our life including finance and forgiveness.
Life can feel unfair with the rules constantly changing or Gods promises not arriving - a look at Jacobs transformation from deceiver to a man of integrity and how he holds to this through Laban's trials. Key principles to get through challenging times.
 

Communion as thanks giving and celebration.  

The biblical importance of names and how names convey birthright, birth circumstance, character or destiny.  How God’s name tells of His character. 

Heaven and earth intersect. Through the door that is Jesus we have access to heanly storehouses and yet we treat this like a reveolving door - catching a glimpse and returning back from the direction we came.

Looking at communion as an actor of commemoration and why we are called to remember and need to remember.

Focus on the great commission being everyones responsibiliy. Gods empowerment and presence. Authentic lifestyle, everyday activity

A look at communion as an act of fellowship and  community. 

Authority; Hannah prays for a son / 1 Samuel
God is bigger than any issue. Looking at 1 samuel 1-5, especailly 1 Samuel 5:1-10.

The importance of being Filled with the Spirit and full of Wisdom.

The importance of rest (sabbath) and resting in God.

From the prodigal son - looking at God as the father.

Legacy - Holy Spirit as Jesus Legacy a partner in building a Kingdom Legacy in our lives

How the ascension of Christ is a critical part of the story of Jesus and its impact on how we can live.

How the ascension of Christ is a critical part of the story of Jesus and its impact on how we can live.