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In our consumer culture, fasting might be the hardest Christian discipline - and perhaps one of the most necessary and important. 

Jesus says to his disciples 'When you fast...' not 'If you fast...' Along with praying and giving, Jesus simply assumes that this will be part of normal Christian living for his followers. Fasting can quickly reveal our idolatries and also be one of the ways God sets us free from the false religion of consumerism, which puts comfort and convenience above all else. But many of us today do not really know either how or why to fast.

This sermon was preached at Pakenham Lakeside Church on Sunday 2nd September, 2016.

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Jesus calms the storm

Sometimes life can be really stormy. It can be terrifying to be caught in the crashing waves and howling wind of our own storms. 

When Jesus calms the storm, the disciples ask 'Who is this man?' The answer is good news for all of us. 

This sermon was preached at Sunday Chapel at Pakenham Lakeside Church on August 19th 2018.

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What is church planting like in the LCA? Or what shall I compare it to?

There was once a surf school down on the Great Ocean Road...

It's an exciting and challenging time to be part of church planting and mission in the Lutheran Church of Australia. We are seeing a growing movement of church planting and evangelism. But it's hard work! New churches need partner churches to pray, support, share the stories, and be mutually encouraged by one anothers' faith. 

This sermon helps a potential partner church understand what that means, and encourages congregations to consider how they might become church planting partners. 

It was preached at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, Knox, on Sunday 19th August.

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Everyone worships, says David Foster Wallace. But what we worship may eat us alive. 

Worship comes naturally to us human beings. What doesn't come naturally is the true worship of the Living God, because it is so natural to put other things at the centre of life. We need to learn, and keep learning, what it is to worship God in Spirit and in Truth.

True worship plugs into the power of the throneroom of the universe, and the barriers between heaven and earth become much thinner.

This sermon was preached at Pakenham Lakeside Church on Sunday August 5th.

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In Acts 13, the Christian community is praying and fasting and the Holy Spirit speaks to them very clearly: 'Set apart Saul and Barnabus for the work I have called them too.'

Hearing God's voice and discerning what the Holy Spirit is saying is best done in community. This sermon explores how to hear God's voice together, and gives some real life examples of what that looks and sounds like.

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

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How's your reception?

A tv or radio can't pick up content unless it's connected to the aerial and tuned in to the right channel.

Many of us are not sure of how to hear the voice of God personally. It's not that God is not speaking - just that we are not tuned in!

This sermon unfolds from biblical examples what it means to hear the voice of God personally, and how to get tuned in.

It's part 2 of a series preached at Pakenham Lakeside Church - this one on Sunday 15th July, 2018.

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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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