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Counting The Cost of Discipleship



Salvation and discipleship, says Tony Ponicke, are inseparable – they go together. Tony goes on to explore many Scripture verses to illustrate that while salvation is a free gift, it costs us everything as we surrender all to the Lord. The first cost of following Christ can be the loss of relationships – not all of our families and friends will like it when we become Christians. Then there is the cost of our material goods and finances as we surrender those to Christ. Not that it is a bad thing to have money and possessions, but we must hold everything very loosely and in submission to Jesus. Also, our worldly pleasures and leisure activities must be laid at the foot of t the cross. We need to humble our hearts and live totally surrendered to the will and purposes of God.

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Amazing Outcomes in Prayer #2 - Heart Attitudes



There is more to prayer than words. What is being offered up to God is also the heart, the motivation and the attitudes and desires that go along with the words. That's why a wonderful sounding prayer by a Pharisee was rejected when a terrible sounding prayer by a Tax Collector was heard. In this message, David Alley shares 3 key things that help make prayer work, along with a bunch of interesting stories to illustrate. This message will help your faith to grow as you come to an increased understanding of what type of prayer really touches heaven.

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Amazing Outcomes in Prayer #1



David Alley presents a compelling message designed to build the faith of the listener to pray and receive from God. Quoting extensively from the Bible, David proves over and over that the will of God is to give to His children when they ask. But, says David. We must ask. And when we ask, we must ask with real desire to the thing we are seeking God for, and with faith. David quotes amazing events in world history, where great change has been wrought in response to the prayers of Christians, as well as some personal experiences of answered prayer. This message will encourage the believer to overcome the limits imposed by our human minds and to believe God for the provision of all things.

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On Earth Peace #2 - The Kingdom Prophecies



Expanding on his Christmas message, John Alley reads from Luke Chapter 2, bringing out four points to consider carefully from the text. Backed up by many supporting Scriptures, John speaks of the importance of the name of Jesus, the infallibility and power of the word of God and the humility of walking in the grace of total surrender to the will and purposes of God in our lives before dwelling on the subject of Bible prophecies. Jesus will reign forever on the throe of David, who was king of Israel. But this Israel, says John, is the spiritual Israel – all of those who will walk in submission to God. Great numbers of things in society have been profoundly affected through the influence of the Gospel, says John, and the Kingdom of God is an eternal Kingdom.

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On Earth Peace #1



John Alley opens his message today with the scene described in Luke 2:1-20. The shepherds were terrified when the angel of the Lord appeared to them. Why were they afraid? They were afraid because suddenly And without warning the realm of the unseen opened before them and the glory of the Lord was all around. They were overwhelmed by a sense of the fear of the Lord. God appeared in the normal, earthy circumstance of everyday life. John then goes on to discuss the song that the angels sang, and to speak of other powerful songs that are recorded in holy Scripture, before discussing the mighty peace that God gives to those with whom He is pleased. This peace is not the comfort of the world, but it is a transforming peace which changes us. This message is as relevant to believers on any day as it is in the lead-up to Christmas.

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Rejoice Not In This



John Alley examines the proper balance to be found in walking with God while being alert to the need for spiritual warfare. Beginning his message with a story to illustrate his point, John emphasises that while problems do crop up, we deal with the problem without our emphasis changing from a clear focus on Christ and His will. “I know who I am, and who I belong to. This is my big picture” says John. When a matter for spiritual warfare occurs, it must be dealt with, but it does not change the big picture. John emphasises the importance of being a worshipper and of following the commands that Jesus gave in the Gospels. These, says John, are our key to victory in warfare. John goes on to bring several Scripture references including Luke 10:18-20 in which Jesus says “…do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Following John’s message, David Hood shares some experiences in this vein, encouraging the listeners to praise and worship at every opportunity.

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For Times Such As These



This message, delivered in two parts, begins with a prophetic insight from John Alley about the need for God’s people to pray that they might see what is coming “just around the corner”. John, focusing on times of financial difficulty in the church, gives illustrations by way of three stories from the history of Peace. These stories show the reasons behind the times of financial difficulty and the way in which, once steps were taken to address an issue, grace for finances flowed once again. John goes on to propose that in light of the global financial situation and in accordance with what he believes God to be saying, it would be wise for God’s people to be prepared for more stringent times so as to be in the place that God is able to bless with provision. This involves attention to God’s word and His principles as well as listening and being prayerful. John concludes with several Scripture verses referring to these principles and to the faithfulness of God to His blameless ones. David Hood then takes up the message with an exhortation not to grumble, but to have an attitude of gratitude, servitude, faith, encouragement and of the Kingdom rather than focusing on our own lives and situations. Taking the Scripture from Luke 9:23, David exhorts the listener to deny oneself, take up our cross and then to follow Christ. Faith, says David, requires works in order to prove that faith. David gives the example of Isaac, who planted in famine and reaped a hundred fold.

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Filled with God's Glory



In the New Testament Christ and the apostles spoke of the believer being filled with the glory of God. Grasping the truth that God wants to dwell in us and have His glory manifest in us and through us is not easy for us to understand. The scripture talks of us being filled to the fullness of Christ and being transformed into His likeness with ever increasing glory. What hinders us embracing this truth and walking in it? The answer is ‘self’, self conscious, self promotion, self centeredness etc. Jesus gave an instruction that provides us with the solution, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me”. (Luke 9:23 NIV) Sunday 30 September 2012

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