Eight beautiful attitudes that go with kingdom living – a sermon on Matthew 4:23-5:12 by Rev. Colin Pretorius. The Sermon on the Mount is probably the best-known part of Jesus’ teaching. If you google it, you’ll find more than 4 million results. But sadly what Jesus teaches in His sermon is probably also the least-obeyed […]

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Nehemiah 8 -An attitude of worship

Nehemiah 8 -An attitude of worship – A sermon on Nehemiah 8 by Rev. Colin Pretorius. Picture it! Judah, about 600 years before the birth of Jesus. The people of Judah have finally run out of chances to be obedient to God. Time and time again the Lord called them to repentance but time and […]

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Honourable vessels are useful to the Master – a sermon on 2 Timothy 2:20-26 by Rev. Colin Pretorius. When Leonardo da Vinci was painting The Last Supper, he sought long in the churches of Rome for a model for Jesus. At last he settled on Pietro Bandinelli, a noble young man who was quite lovely […]

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Contend for the faith!

Contend for the faith! – a sermon on Jude 3 by Rev Colin Pretorius. In 2009 the priest Patrick Kennedy was sacked from the Catholic Church in Brisbane after 28 years’ service. He wasn’t sacked because of any sexual impropriety – as one would in these times so easily assume – but for his beliefs. […]

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Remember!

Remember! – a sermon on 2 Timothy 2:8-13 by Rev. Colin Pretorius. There’s a condition that afflicts a large number of people. It’s a condition that affects young people, especially teenagers. It causes them to lose their memory. I mean, how often as a mom or a dad have you had to ask your children […]

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Called, beloved and kept

Called, beloved and kept – a sermon on Jude 1 by Rev. Colin Pretorius. This morning we turn our attention to the second-last book of the Bible. It’s only a short letter – just 25 verses – but it is a letter that gives us much encouragement, instruction and assurance. And today we’re going to […]

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Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord! – a sermon on Psalm 135 by Rev. Colin Pretorius A minister had been serving in a small church for some years and, as it happens, some of the times were good and others a bit less good. But he enjoyed his time in that congregation and as far as he knew, […]

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Friends or Enemies of God?

Friends or Enemies of God? – a sermon on James 4:4-6 by Rev. Colin Pretorius. As of a few weeks ago, we have a new government. No, don’t worry, I’m not going to preach politics or talk about the good or not-so good of the various political parties! But those of us who have the […]

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Jesus bids us shine

Jesus bids us shine – a sermon on Matthew 5:14-16 by Rev. Colin Pretorius. In the heart of the business district of Dallas, Texas, there’s a unique but slightly weird-looking building. If you look at this grey-white concrete structure that stands about 28m high, it doesn’t really look like much. I mean, those spirally things […]

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Looking for wisdom

Looking for wisdom – a sermon on James 1:5-8 by Rev. Colin Pretorius. If you start reading through the book of James you realise very quickly that it’s an extremely practical book. It’s a book that gives us as Christians real-world guidance in how to live our everyday lives. It’s very much a book of […]

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It’s a matter of heart

There have been many times over the past two years when we couldn’t get together in the hall after church for a cuppa or a chat. We couldn’t enjoy that bonding as fellow believers of being able to have a bit more in-depth chat about what God has done in our lives or perhaps about […]

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In Christ all shall be made alive

In Christ all shall be made alive – a sermon on 1 Corinthians 15:1-22 by Rev. Colin Pretorius. Leonid Brezhnev ruled Russia from 1963 to 1982. He imprisoned priests and believers and closed churches. In both public and in private, he and his wife Viktoria were examples of communist atheists. Faith in God was nowhere […]

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Reconciled through Christ!

Reconciled through Christ! – A  sermon on Romans 5:1-11 by Rev. Colin Pretorius. (Reading Mark 15:21-41) I’m not a big fan of shopping centres at the best of times, with people milling about and canned music being piped through overhead speakers. And at times like Easter or Christmas it is even worse, isn’t it! It […]

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The Lord’s my shining light

The Lord’s my shining light – a sermon on Psalm 27 by Rev. Colin Pretorius. For the past two years most of us have been on a bit of an emotional roller-coaster because of things like lockdowns and other restrictions. And during the past week concerns about the possible consequences of the Russian attack on […]

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Why should you come to church?

Why should you come to church? – a sermon on Hebrews 10:19-25 by Rev. Colin Pretorius. Before emigrating to Australia, Maggie and I attended a church where it was common for the church to be very empty during school holidays. I’m not talking about people who were away on holidays. No, many people didn’t come […]

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His name shall be called Wonderful Counsellor – a sermon on Isaiah 9:1-7 by Rev. Colin Pretorius. I don’t know if any of you follow soccer at all – or as some prefer to call it, football. In Australia we have the Socceroos and the Matildas, and even if they’re not half bad, they just […]

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The Power of God’s Word

The Power of God’s Word – a sermon on Hebrews 4:12-13 by Rev. Colin Pretorius. During the 1500’s, a great awakening took place in Europe, an awakening that would bring spiritual enlightenment and a movement back to the fundamental truths and teachings of God’s Word. We’ve come to know this period as “the Reformation” – […]

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Praise the Lord, O my soul!

Praise the Lord, O my soul! – a sermon on psalm 103 by Rev. Colin Pretorius. Have you ever been disappointed in God? That’s a situation many people find themselves in today. In his book “Disappointment with God” the author Philip Yancey speaks of the many letters that he’s received from people who express their […]

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Warning against worldliness

Warning against worldliness – a sermon on James 4:1-12 by Rev. Colin Pretorius. When persecution of Christians started with the death of Stephen, many believers fled to the same cities to where Jews had been scattered some 600-700 years earlier. But these believers soon found themselves face to face with adversity and trials of every kind, […]

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Christ is supreme!

Christ is supreme! – A sermon on Colossians 1:15-23 by Rev. Colin Pretorius. Between May and October 1893, the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Christopher Columbus in America was celebrated at what came to be known as the Chicago World’s Fair.  It was a huge event, with more people attending than are currently living […]

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Faith that works

Faith that works – a sermon on James 2:14-26 by Rev Colin Pretorius. I don’t know if you know the name Philippe Petit, otherwise known as the “the man who walked between the Towers.” In 1974, while the Twin Tower buildings in New York were still being constructed, he walked on a steel cable strung […]

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So just who is Jesus to you?

So just who is Jesus to you? – a sermon on Luke 19:28-40 by Rev. Colin Pretorius. A hundred-and-twenty five years ago Nicholas II was crowned as the last emperor or Tsar of Russia. The festivities ran for weeks, with thousands upon thousands of people crushed together to catch a glimpse of the royal couple. […]

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The whisper of God’s love

The whisper of God’s love – a sermon on Ruth 1-4 by Rev. Colin Pretorius. The theme this morning is “The whisper of God’s love” Earlier in August and September we looked at the book of Ruth, and we saw how the story behind the book is the story of how God was working not […]

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