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The cochlear implant, or bionic ear, is an amazing device that helps deaf people hear sound. When they do the results are quite stunning - both 'awesome' and 'normal.'

Hearing the voice of God should be both awesome and normal for Christians in their everyday lives! But sometimes we need help to learn to hear the voice of God.

This is the first sermon in a three part series, preached at Pakenham Lakeside Church on Sunday June 8th, 2018.

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Reconciliation brings about the possibility of something completely new. God's reconciliation with us brings about a new creation - a new way of looking at the world, new relationships, and a new hopeful future. The restoration of relationships is at the heart of God's work for us through Jesus. 2 Corinthians 5 focuses on this ministry of reconciliation. 

This sermon was preached at Pakenham Lakeside Church on Sunday 17th June, 2018.

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A piece of string walks into a bar...

what does this Dad joke have to do with Jesus healing a man on the Sabbath?

A whole lot, it turns out.

Do you feel like you have to tie yourself in knots to please God or appease other people?

Are you so busy that you're feeling frayed around the edges?

Jesus brings restoration and healing...

This sermons was preached at Pakenham Lakeside Church on Sunday 3rd June 2018.

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Since the only effective weapon the enemy has against God's people is the power of the lie, our weapons all revolve around knowing the truth.

This sermon examines some of the truth of our identity in Christ, and how to demolish the lies that are set up against the knowledge of God.

It was preached at Pakenham Lakeside Church on Sunday May 6th, 2018.

It can be enhanced by viewing the Prezi zooming visuals found at this link.

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Part 1 of a sermon series about Spiritual warfare.

The battleground of spiritual warfare is the mind, and the only effective weapon the enemy has against us is the power of the lie. So it's vital to know how to take our thoughts captive in obedience to Christ and how to renew our minds.

This sermon was preached at Pakenham Lakeside Church on Sunday 29th April, 2018.

It can be enhanced by using the Prezi zooming visuals found at this link.

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On Easter Sunday, the women who went to the tomb were not expecting very much. Just an act of love and devotion for their friend and Lord, whom they had watched die on the cross on Friday. But the light of life shone on them as they found out that 'he is not here, he is risen!' and this light spread to transform their lives and the whole world.

This sermon was preached at Pakenham Lakeside Church on Easter Sunday, 1st April 2018.

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We are not comfortable with darkness or silence. But on Good Friday we can't escape them.

On Good Friday Jesus entered into darkness so we may have light. He entered into the silence of God so we might know God's loving voice.

This sermon was preached at Pakenham Lakeside Church on Good Friday, 30th March 2018.

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What is your purpose?

The Greek philosopher, Aristotle, said that the purpose of a seed (specifically an acorn) is to grow into a plant (specifically an oak tree) - and so be able to produce more seeds.

In John 12, Jesus talks about his purpose by comparing his own life to the life of a seed. If a seed doesn't get planted and die - that is, stop being a seed and become a plant - it stays as a single seed. But Jesus knows that very soon his life will be planted into the sin and death of the world, on the cross. But in doing so he will give his life away to many people, so that when he is lifted up on the cross, he will draw the whole world to himself. 

This is his purpose.

This is why he has come. 

And it shows OUR purpose as human beings: to receive real life, and to give life away for the sake of others.

This sermon was preached at Sunday Chapel at Pakenham Lakeside Church on Sunday 18th March 2018.

It can be enhanced if you view the Prezi zooming visuals found at this link.

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As I grew up I longed for my dad's affirmation - a well done, I'm proud of you - and some of my most precious memories are of exactly those things. This longing for affirmation is built deep into each of us - we are created to know the Father's love and hear his voice saying 'You bring me great joy.'

Jesus receives this affirmation at his baptism. And yet he is then sent by the Holy Spirit out into the wilderness to be tested by Satan. What is that all about? In the wilderness we learn what it means to be-loved, to be the beloved, without being able to 'do' anything for God.

This sermon explores the identity we share as children of God and the affirmation and delight of our heavenly Father. It was preached at Pakenham Lakeside Church on Sunday 18th February 2018.

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When Jesus starts his public ministry, he is bursting with Good News. He comes preaching in Galilee that ‘The time promised by God has come at last! The Kingdom of God is near! Repent and believe the good news!’

The good news of the Kingdom of God is that of all the possible alternatives, JESUS is the one who is ultimately in charge of the universe. Not death, or sickness, or political leaders, or even ourselves. Jesus is the boss. This is good news because not only is Jesus compassionate and merciful, he actually has the power to make a difference.

This sermon based on Mark 1:14-20 was preached at Pakenham Lakeside Church on Sunday 21st January 2018.

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