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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God redeems His people

God redeems His people – a sermon on Ruth 4 by Rev. Colin Pretorius. Let’s start with a brief recap of the story so far. A famine in Judah causes Elimelech and his family to seek greener pastures in Moab. There he and his two sons die, leaving Naomi with just her two Moabite daughters-in-law. […]

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Redemption is at hand!

Redemption is at hand! – a sermon on Ruth 3 by Rev. Colin Pretorius The bitter widow Naomi has returned to Bethlehem from Moab, bringing Ruth, her Moabite daughter-in-law, with her. Ruth has accepted Israel’s covenant God as her God, and she’s supported Naomi by collecting left-overs in the barley and wheat harvests. She’s been […]

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The Caring, Saving and Sovereign God – a sermon on Ruth 2 by Rev. Colin Pretorius. Sally was a young Christian girl and, like many young girls, she dreamt of meeting the right guy and getting married. She had a lot of plans and dreams, which included becoming a pianist. When she met Harry at […]

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Hear, O Israel!

Hear, O Israel! – a sermon on Deuteronomy 6:4-9 by Rev. Colin Pretorius. This morning we’re looking at a very well-known passage of God’s Word. As a Bible-study group we’ve been working our way through this passage over a number of weeks, and we found it extremely profitable. If you’ve attended the Bible study, I […]

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Cutting straight with God’s Word

Cutting straight with God’s Word – a sermon on 2 Timothy 2:14-19 by Rev. Colin Pretorius. I have a family member who just loves to stir. At times it seems as if he rejoices in making people uncomfortable. At other times it appears he just wants to impress everyone with his knowledge – for he […]

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Hallelujah!

Hallelujah! – a sermon on Psalm 146 by Rev. Colin Pretorius. Just yesterday someone said to me that for some people it’s perhaps a good thing to wear a mask in church so that the sound of their singing voices can be a bit muffled. And for some of us with poor singing voices that’s […]

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The people of God are devoted

The people of God are devoted – a sermon on Acts 2:42-47 by Rev. Colin Pretorius. It was just after Pentecost. The disciples had been filled with the Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit rested on them and filled them. And then, filled with the Holy Spirit and with words anointed by Him, Peter started preaching. It […]

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The last words of Moses give us peace – a sermon on Deuteronomy 33:27a by Rev. Colin Pretorius. The eternal God is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Let me start this morning by telling you the story of a soldier who was captured and was sentenced to death by firing squad. […]

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We are living in the last days!

We are living in the last days! – a sermon on 2 Timothy 3:1-9 by Rev. Colin Pretorius. What would you do if you found out tomorrow that you had just a short time to live? What advice would you give your kids or your husband or your wife? Would you just remind them of […]

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Three types of faith

Three types of faith – A sermon on Luke 7:1-10 by Rev. Colin Pretorius. So often, when sermons are preached on the healing miracles of Jesus, His healing of the centurion’s slave is used as an example of how Jesus could heal at a distance. He doesn’t have to see you or touch you, and […]

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Jesus is the Good Shepherd

Jesus is the Good Shepherd – a sermon on John 10:11-21 by Rev. Colin Pretorius If you’ve ever been to one of those massive farms or stations we have here in Australia, you’ll have seen how farmers herd their sheep. They get on motorbikes or even utes and drive the sheep ahead of them. It’s […]

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