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Cherish or Perish!


Whether we live in the labour camps or in the suburbs, Jesus came for us. Thank God for Jesus Christ! Thank God, Jesus came to save us from our sins! Sin is the enemy, sin is the reason for all our problems. We live in a broken corrupt world, where misery, sadness and heartache are very much part of our lives. But we live with hope, because Jesus came to set the captives f...

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Consider One Another


“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24...

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The Pulpit


The purpose of the pulpit is to promote the Centrality and Authority of the Word of God. The pulpit is NOT the place for opinion, philosophy, secular thought, debate, business or any non-biblical event. The Pulpit is to be dedicated to the Presentation of the Whole Counsel of God ...

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Children in Church.

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It is important for the health of the church for children to be included in the corporate worship service. Adults examples will help our children fall in love with the worship of God. This above all else is what we want our children to catch - the authentic worship of God. ...

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Since the Bible warns that many are deceived about this crucial matter, the assurance of our salvation is a subject that we need to get biblically correct. How can we know for sure that we are saved?...

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Why a Sermon Series on Hypocrisy?


When we purpose to devote our lives to God’s glory, we cannot possibly seek our own glory. It is impossible to live hypocritically when you take God seriously. Living for God’s glory eliminates the possibility of hypocrisy....

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Meaningful Home Groups


The end of the Summer holidays means the relaunch of our Home Groups. I want to use this brief article to encourage each member of New Life Church to connect with one of these Groups, for God's glory and your joy!...

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Why Celebrate Church Anniversaries?

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Our 10th anniversary is NOT about us, but rather about the One who daily frees us from sin and death, who binds us together as a diverse yet unified body, and who calls us forward into new life and service for others--Jesus, the Crucified and Risen Christ....

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Any Christians who sucks in the air of the world, will not be able to drink the water of heaven. Eventually your motor will burn up because we were made to pump the water of God not the air of the world....

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Lessons from The Reformation.


Today the 31st October 2018, we celebrate 501 years of the Reformation. We celebrate the fact that the biblical gospel was recovered from the dark ages, through the faithful study of God’s word and the careful exegesis of scripture. The greatest lesson of the Reformation is that the church of Jesus Christ must be the Scripture-driven church, with the Word of God at the ...

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Martin Luther - The Reformation


While the foundations of Christianity (including the biblical gospel), were being threatened, God raised up Martin Luther and others, to preserve the truth of the Christian religion....

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The Ugliness of Sin

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Whenever we sin, we join those who call the cross foolishness, and insult the suffering and death of Christ. The aim of the cross is victory over our sin and the purity of the Church. ...

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Technology & the Glory of God.


One of the greatest daily challenges a Christian faces in the modern world is to think clearly about his or her use of any technology. Does it help you achieve good ends in your heavenly calling and service to Christ, or is it an avenue of distraction and temptation? ...

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The Triumph of Good.

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“The only thing necessary for the triumph of good is for the Church to be faithful.” - The local church was founded by God for the purposes of God and the glory of God. The local church exists so that the invisible reign of Christ will be made visible. It is the only hope of the world....

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A Wasted Life


God created us to live with a single passion: to joyfully display his supreme excellence in all the spheres of life. The wasted life is the life without this passion. God calls us to pray and think and dream and plan and work not to be made much of, but to make much of him in every part of our lives....

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When God blesses us with possessions, it is our duty and privilege to use it wisely, to give back to God from what He has given to us, to help those who don’t have as much, and to look upon our possessions with humility. We are not the owners; we are simply the stewards of all that God has chosen to bless us with. We were designed for more than the trivial pursuit of pos...

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Daddy, are we home yet?


As Christians, our identity is in Christ through faith, because of what Christ has accomplished on the Cross of Calvary. Our fellowship is based in the Father and our citizenship is in heaven!...

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Colossians Prayer


Pastor Gareth's prayer for our church during Pastor Kevin's Colossians series....

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