The MBM Blog

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

PSALM 8: The Special Purpose of True Humanity

Happy Mothers Day! I thank God for all you mums and grandmums out there! And I also thank all the women who are like mums to us. Fittingly we are looking at Psalm 8 today so lets thank God now as we come to Psalm 8. This Psalm will show us that God made humans with a...

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1 Corinthians 15:1-23; Luke 24:1-8: Easter Sunday 2019

Sport is a huge thing in Aussie culture. Not everyone is a sports fan, though. I’m married to Nonie, and she’s about as interested in sport as I am in making macramé wall hangings. I was still playing soccer every weekend when we got married, and I just couldn’t get...

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John 18: The Servant King!

Absolute power corrupts absolutely! "Poor man wants to be rich man, Rich man wants to be king, And king ain't satisfied until he rules everything!"   We don’t trust people in power for one reason: power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. That’s why...

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I am the light of the world: John 8:31-59

Of all the seven “I am” statements in the Gospel of John, this one inspires me least. I get “I am the resurrection and the life”. I love “I am the good shepherd”. I am challenged by “I am the way, the truth, and the life”. But I am the light of the world? It is...

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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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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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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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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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Our Focus Is To Remains On Christ

As we saw last week, creation’s ticket to freedom rides on the back of the liberation of God’s people: “The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.” (v. 19) The resurrection of God’s children will spearhead the arrival of the new...

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Life in the Spirit is not Straightforward

It is important to understand that life in the Spirit is not a straightforward upward trajectory in which we gain one victory over another. The Christian life is messy, and the reality is that not every day will be better than the one before (although this should...

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There is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus

We saw last Sunday that there is now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). It's important to note that God is not playing a word game in which he arbitrarily turns the guilty into not guilty. Sins are only forgiven because they were already paid for...

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