The MBM Blog

Personal stories, thoughts and articles about what Jesus is doing in our world and in our church.

What If We Really Believed Our Treasure Is In Heaven?

False teaching motivated by financial greed.   Everyone has a right to start off suspicious when a preacher speaks on money. Not because Jesus doesn’t talk about money, he does and a lot of the time.But because financial greed in the church is not a new problem...

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A Brief Selection from Sunday 29th October’s Message

Topic: What if we pray like Jesus in our Life?   Before Jesus asks you to take up your cross, he is getting ready to take up his cross in the garden of Gethsemane. Mark 14:36 “Abba, Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what...

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A Brief Selection from Sunday 22nd October’s Message

On occasion I will give brief selections from the previous Sunday's message. Let me know if it is helpful. Topic: What if we really believed that the church is God's family? See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of...

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35 Reasons Not To Sin

35 REASONS NOT TO SIN Courtesy of Jim Elliff at CCWBlog. 1. Because a little sin leads to more sin. 2. Because my sin invites the discipline of God. 3. Because the time spent in sin is forever wasted. 4. Because my sin never pleases but always grieves God who loves...

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Gay son asks Christian mum to vote ‘yes’

Someone I've known for a long time who is a Christian was asked by her son who is gay if she would vote, 'yes' in the plebiscite. Here is how the conversation went. Her son is happy for the story to be told: God has blessed me with wonderful children, one of whom is...

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Suffering and Sonship

This week I'd like to share two stories with you. One was told by Dan Allender who has co-written a couple of books with Larry Crabb. He shared this story at an open meeting: Dan recalled when he was about six or seven years old he decided to make some quick money....

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Reflections on Psalm 139 (Part 3)

Over 3 weeks I have been sharing with you some reflections on Psalm 139, here is the third, and final, instalment. No place to run Our all-knowing God is also ever-present. Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to...

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Reflections on Psalm 139 (Part 2)

The great know-it-all The beginning of Psalm 139, written by King David of Israel, introduces us to a God who is the great know-it-all. O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You...

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Reflections on Psalm 139

Over the next 3 weeks I'm going to be sharing with you some reflections on Psalm 139. The hunger of the human soul Why do people feel the need to go to counsellors and therapists? I used to be one, so people often ask me this. At one level, it’s because people are in...

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Domestic Violence and The Church

A number of people have asked me to reflect on various issues that have arisen in the media to do with the church and domestic violence.  You may have read Julia Baird’s article or watched various TV segments about the issue, including the recent Media Watch. The...

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Looking forward to Isaiah

I know I say it each term, but I am so looking forward to exploring another one of God’s great books of the bible. As we saw last year, the book of Isaiah is both intimidating and majestic. Apart from Psalms, it’s the most quoted Old Testament book in the New...

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Mission at MBM

Here at MBM our vision is to see lives transformed through Jesus Christ to the glory of God – and the reason that is our vision is because that’s what God promises to do when the Gospel is proclaimed! We are so thankful to God for the privilege of being saved through...

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Small Groups

If you call MBM home, we’d love to see you doing life together with others around God’s Word. There’s a group for everyone regardless of where you are at in your journey with Jesus. See the list of groups here. Some quick info about sign up: Even if you’re staying in...

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Pray for our journey

As many of will you know, prior to becoming a Christian I had been married and divorced as a young man. This marriage produced two incredible children: Sara, who is 15, and Jamie, who is 11. After our divorce, the kids and their mum moved back to her home...

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The Person of the Holy Spirit

About 15 years ago, I decided to survey my congregation to ascertain what they really believed on a range of doctrines (as opposed to what I thought they believed). My survey contained three questions that related to the Holy Spirit. Mindful that we have...

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