Episode 123: Sunday 11 September 2022 AM - Ps Gary Hourigan - Sent - Part 1: Church On Mission
Ps Gary reads from John 20:21 ....."Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you."This will be the underlying theme for this whole new series, Sent. Ps Gary said that he believes God wants us to open our eyes and revealed to us a whole city that has come to Jesus. Imagine that! He points out that all four gospels have a 'sending' in them. He points out that we now live in a season for such a sending. Everywhere, far too many people have lost hope and downtrodden, unhappy and miserable. It is important that what we've received we need to give to other people.Ps Gary, realising that many of us might feel that we are not up to this sending, says that we should not feel condemned but embrace the heart of the Father. He elaborates on us receiving the Power of the Holy Spirit and not trying to rely on our own weaknesses. This is very encouraging. Be encouraged.He also wisely points out that it is not our job to change anyone but to set them free. As born-again Christians, we have been anointed for this. Today, Ps Gary was on fire, passionate. He lets us know that he is not trying to stir us up into a frenzy but to give us peace.He reads from Isaiah 61:1, expanding it line by line - "The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners." This is our duty.Listen and be encouraged, equipped, empowered, and set free to witness Jesus to the world. Don't forget to listen through to the end for a great prayer and blessing from Ps Gary.
11 Sep 2022
Episode 122: Sunday 4 September 2022 AM - Isaac, Ken, and Ben - Fathers' Day
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY. When I was a kid there was an ice cream called a Triple Treat. Today you have a triple treat but it's much better than an ice cream. Isaac Sippel, Assistant Youth Leader, was on duty today for our Transition (announcements, tithes and offerings, communion, and so on, following the praise and worship). He also transitioned into inviting up to the stage Ps Ken Riddell, retired Citicoast pastor but not retired from serving in the church with several ministries.Isaac interviewed Ps Ken about being a father. Some of the questions related to what keys there were to Ps Ken's success in being a father. He had four sons and one daughter so he obviously has had plenty of practice. Of course, he had a wife and mother who had a huge input into all that. Of note for any listeners is that Ps Ken did not become a Christian until he was about 40 so we get a look at what it was like to be a non-Christian father to his children compared to being a Christian father. All would be useful for any fathers listening or any men who may want to be fathers one day. This was a most interesting and useful part of our messages today.Next up Isaac introduced us to our Youth Pastor, Ben Revell. He begins by discussing an incident that occurred when he was four years old - he faced death but his father rescued him. Of course, there's the comparison with our heavenly Father rescuing us. Ben proceeded with numerous aspects of being a father and, notably, the experience he had while being a Youth Leader to numerous children over some decades. That included fatherless children so they are not being left out in this message.He discusses the Role of Fathers and you can hear what he considers the main ones are. You might be a male who is not past teenage or young manhood and single but you may also be a father one day and this will be advice for you. He relates the results of a survey where there was a series of questions and 9 out of 10 fathers did not know the answers to any of those questions. This is critical listening to all fathers who want to be successful. You don't want to be one of those 9!He ends by relating how God is our Heavenly Father and details what that actually means and how wonderful it is. He ends up with a prayer for all of us and that means for all of you listeners out there as well. Be blessed.
4 Sep 2022
Episode 121: Sunday 28 August 2022 AM - Ps Hugh Perry - HardCore - Part 8: Prayer? Prayer!
After greeting us and telling us what he was going to preach about, Ps Hugh relates to us a chat with his wife, Ps Jeannette, this morning. She said this: "If you want a relationship with someone you have to talk to them." Prayer! Ps Hugh then suggests that, if he asked us all what prayer was then he would get completely different answers across the congregation. He then relates some of the different ways we might pray and points out that none of them is right or wrong as long as we are talking to God. He then begins to look at the Lord's Prayer. But this is a different look at it, one you have most likely never heard before.Line by line, Ps Hugh goes through the Lord's Prayer, dissecting its meaning and its deeper meaning in a spiritual sense. This can guide us to thank God for who He is, thank Him for what he has done for us, and how we should behave. Ps Hugh's prayer method is just an example of how he does it and we can elaborate on it any way we like."Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name " - This is our heavenly Father and Ps Hugh describes the depths of meanings in this. This includes the Names of God as listed in the Bible and what they can mean to us. For each of these names, we can thank the Lord as we pray."Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven " - God's will, not ours. Ps Hugh informs us that begins with ourselves, not 'them' 'out there'."Give us this day our daily bread" - We are used to taking that literally but it also relates to spiritual things as well."Forgive us our sins as we forgive others" - The key to peace with this is not to hold grudges but to forgive others who have wronged us."Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one" - God never tempts us but the evil one, Satan, will do his best to turn us off the righteous path that God has allowed us to walk."For Yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever. Amen" - All this is forever!Obviously, that is a short summary of what Ps Hugh describes. It is rich with explanation, clarity and a guide for us with our praying. He ends with prayer for us all.
28 Aug 2022
Episode 120: Sunday 21 August 2022 AM - Ps Gary Hourigan - HardCore - Part 7: The Path to Joy
After greeting us Ps Gary reads from Romans 14:7 - "For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit". Jesus also tells us from John 15:11 "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full".But what do we do when trials, troubles, and tribulations overwhelm us, cause us anxiety, rob us of our peace, and we attempt to be joyful? Not easy, is it? What is the root of joy? It's not supposed to be only for the good parts of life but, in the difficult parts, it's hard to be joyful. Today Ps Gary shows us the pathway to joy, the keys to living a life of joy. And that is independent of circumstances!Using numerous Scriptures, Ps Gary focuses on being thankful. Using mostly the words of Jesus and other New Testament speakers, he even goes back to The Fall in Genesis. This is an important message for all of us today. We can find ourselves in dire circumstances where there is nothing positive that we can see with our natural minds. Listen and find how you can retain your joy and achieve peace in such circumstances.And don't forget that the prayer at the end of the message is not just for those attending church today but for you, the listener, as well.P.S. Don't miss Ps Gary's personal testimony of how he wrestled with his car problems for about two hours, completely losing his peace and finding nothing joyful about the whole exercise. and then he discovered the pathway to joy! Of course, he wished he had that two hours beforehand!
21 Aug 2022
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Ready & Equipped for what? Well, basically, anything that life throws at us! Ps Danny begins with some fascinating statistics about the Bible. For example, the middle chapter of the whole Bible is Psalm 118. Psalm 117 is the shortest chapter. Psalm 119 is the longest. And what about the verses? There are 31,102 verses and each of them is something important from God to us. After discussing these and several other statistics of the Bible he remarks that he could not possibly have done all that counting and is grateful that someone else did it for us. That person must have had great discipline, dedication, and devotion to the job. (Is that a challenge for us?)He continues by using an illustration of a fanatic bodybuilder. That person must also have had great discipline, dedication, and devotion to the job. How do we know that? We can just take one look and we can see for ourselves! And our hope is, our challenge is, that people we encounter could just take one look at us and see how disciplined, dedicated, and devoted to God we are. He says that we need to reflect Christ in us. The bodybuilder had a vision. We need a vision. We need to be able to confront anything that stands in our way. That way needs to be our walk in the spirit with God. He doesn't want to push us to walk but to walk with Him. How can we do that? Ps Danny shows us how .....Ps Danny begins the main body of today's message with Deuteronomy 8:3 and how we are advised to build our whole lives on what that says. It's about knowing the Bible, the Scriptures, the Word of God. This is a powerful message indeed and so many people are missing out on the fullness of life by just reading the Word of the Day on their phones instead of studying the Bible, preferably with a real, paper book - in that way, there is nothing else to get in our way and to distract our concentration. In order to be successful in life, the life that God wants us to live, the individual path that He wants us to walk, we need to have the word etched in our hearts and that requires us to read the word, know it, understand it, and see the glory in it. With committed, passionate study of the Scriptures we can work out the hope that is before us.Of course, we need the power of the Holy Spirit and our relationship with Jesus to be able to fulfil today's challenge (keep in mind that this challenge is for each of our own individual benefits). At the end of the message, Ps Danny prays for us all and that means also for you, the listener. Be blessed!
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Episode 118: Sunday 7 August 2022 AM - Ps Marcus Ahern - HardCore - Part 5: Desire Secured
Ps Marcus Ahern currently lives in Cairns, Australia, and has been an itinerant Bible Teacher for over forty years both in Australia and overseas. Wherever he has been he has always encouraged the local church to flourish where they are and contribute to their local church outreach and work. Today, after much prayer, he begins with a prophecy to Citicoast church and to Bundaberg overall. He tells us that there will be much change and, with change, some new things come but some old things are lost and stay lost. He encourages us to trust God in that and accept change in good grace.He then proceeds to discuss any desires that we might have. He warns us that if those desires come out of our own hearts then we might not achieve them. However, if God has spoken them then they will come to pass no matter what. God's way is always best. He refers to 2 Samuel 23:5 .....“If my house were not right with God, surely he would not have made with me an everlasting covenant,arranged and secured in every part; surely he would not bring to fruition my salvation and grant me my every desire."These words provide the whole basis for the rest of the message but many other Scriptures are also used as Ps Marcus details what God can, and will, do for us. He reinforces the fact that God's covenants are everlasting, eternal. He will not break them and they must come to pass. This is not just for the writer of that Scripture but it's for us.There is much more! From this message today we can gain more confidence in God and who He says He is and How he will act. He brings order, not chaos. How He acts will not be disorganised and random. If our desires come from God we can trust that our desires will be secured and have peace while looking towards them being fulfilled.Don't miss out on the details so that you will gain more faith and trust in our Father God.
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Episode 117: Sunday 31 July 2022 AM - Ps Terri Hourigan - HardCore - Part 4: Refreshing You
If have listened to enough preaching messages you would likely have heard the expression, "It's not all about you!" There are plenty of Scriptures that confirm that. However, today's message IS all about you. Ps Terri wants to remind YOU - all of us - that God wants to do something to touch our personal world. Due to the trials and tribulations that we all face, as well as the focus on our jobs and our families, we can tend to lose focus on God. God understands that. He's got you! He wants to exchange fear for peace.Ps Terri reads through Mark 6:45-52. The disciples were terrified. Jesus came to them because he wanted them to be at ease and relearn to trust Him again. Relearn? Well, the disciples had spent many years watching Jesus perform all kinds of miracles. Then came a terrible storm and they became terrified and they forgot about what Jesus wanted to do for them (and do for us).That still applies to YOU today (and me, and all of us). There are so many challenges in today's world that can cause us stress and we start to lose focus on God and what He can do and what He wants to do for us right now, personally. And tomorrow! Psalm 120:1 - "I call on the Lord in my distress, and He answers me."Have you been feeling a disconnection with God in recent times? Have you found yourself managing the things of your life and giving them priority over your relationship with God? Have you forgotten that God can do miracles? Has your former faith become a little bit weaker, as if in a mist?This message is for me today, for all of us, it is for YOU. God wants to intervene in your personal life, and your personal situations, and He wants to do many things for you personally. Listen to Ps Terri Hourigan as she makes things more clear than we would have thought and shows us how to look to tomorrow when the past becomes too vague
31 Jul 2022
Episode 116: Sunday 24 July 2022 AM - Ps Josh Usher - HardCore - Part 3: Hope Lives Here
This series on HardCore is for us all to go deeper and become stronger in the things of God so that this will radiate out more powerfully wherever we go. Some of these topics will be harder to understand but well explained. Some of these topics will be expanded from what you already know. You are welcome to join us .....Today we have Ps Josh and Kristyn Usher from Noosa Church visiting us. Ps Josh is the senior pastor there. He is also the Chairman of the INC Operations Board. Today he is assisting us in going HardCore with Hope.Where does Hope live? Ps Josh mentions 2 places. From there he develops an inner journey beginning with faith. He gives us born-again Christians some credit in that we have plenty of faith but it is likely that we, for various reasons, start to lose hope. He suggests that hope is lost because of outside touches on ourselves. He reminds us that Christ in us is the Hope of the world. Where does Hope reside? He goes in-depth with Revelation 21:1-7. There are many parts to this and he discusses each part. One part is that we are going to have a new heaven and earth and no more sea. He points out that the sea represents separation. Currently, we have to go to the Father through Jesus so, here on earth, there is that separation. With the new heaven and earth, we will be able to go to the father directly.There are many times in our lives when we might be in the wilderness for a while and Ps Josh explains how good can come out of that. Where is our hope? What is our hope for?Keep listening! There's plenty of gold still coming with some recommendations and advice that Ps Josh gives us so that we can focus our hope in the right place. This is how we can truly live as a Christian on earth before that new heaven and new earth comes to pass. If you have just been listening then you will surely want to get out a pen and paper to record these last aspects of advice that we should practice.
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Episode 115: Sunday 17 July 2022 AM - Ps Hugh Perry - HardCore - Part 2: The Pharisees
Ps Hugh begins by reminding us of what Ps Garry did last week. He had hypothetically split the congregation into 2 parts: super sinners (hard-core prostitutes, murderers, thieves, and more) and the super religious (Pharisees, Sadducees, lawyers, scribes, and more). This week Ps Hugh is focussing on that second, legalistic, self-righteous, group.The Pharisees spent their lives trying to follow the 631 laws that Moses left them with. On top of that, they were also trying to follow around 1500 regulations that they invented to stop themselves from breaking the 631 Mosaic laws! They were trying to find God but they could never be at peace. Ps Hugh let us know exactly what happened to their lives by following those desires. We can fall into that same trap.Jesus spoke to both groups with basically the same message and that message is made much clearer here. The Pharisees could never find peace but we can find it very easily. They were trying to find God and Jesus tried to help them. Finding God is far easier than most people imagine and Ps Hugh shows us how to do that.P.S. If you have ever wondered what the difference was between the Pharisees and the Sadducees then Ps Hugh explains that clearly in today's message and also gives us a memory trigger to remember it.P.P.S. He also shows us exactly how we could go down the same road as the Pharisees by actually becoming like them. He has earlier described how the Pharisees are guilty of that. Then he tells a very clever joke with the ending clearly showing us how we, as Christians, need to live in our day-to-day lives. Don't miss it!
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Episode 114: Sunday 10 July 2022 AM - Ps Gary Hourigan - HardCore - Part 1: Left and Right
After addressing the congregation, Ps Gary tells us that there are some Scriptures that are confronting, confusing, and challenging. For example, he reminds us that Jesus said that we should do all that He commanded. Ps Gary says that there is some of that that he has a lot of trouble with. The HardCore Scriptures! I'm sure I do as well! You? Next, he mentions Luke 15:1-2:"Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”"There are clearly 2 groups here: Those who knew the Law and what was right and wrong and were doing their best to keep it. And then there were the sinners: Tax collectors, prostitutes, possibly murderers, drug addicts and all kinds. Jesus always attracted both of these kinds of people.Next, Ps Gary pointed to the congregation and with his left hand divided that half (we all still sat in our seats) and said that they had to take the role of the sinners and really believe that they were as bad as all those things listed above and more. With his right hand, he divided the other half of the congregation and told them that they were the Pharisees, tax collectors, scribes and similar. The Right and the Left!The group on his Right-hand side knew something ..... It was impossible to keep all the laws and they were all doomed. Why was that? Moses gave around 630 of the laws that were supposed to be kept. In fear of being damned, the Pharisees over time produced about 1300 regulations that had to be followed so that they would not commit sin against Moses' laws. Phew! There were around 2100 laws and regulations altogether. Who could manage all that? Nobody!Luke 15 contains the classic story of The Prodigal Son. But today it is with a difference. They had big families back in those days and the farmer probably had more than two sons but he chose just two. Ps Gary pointed out that these 2 represent the 2 kinds of listeners that Jesus was talking to. For us today, it was the right-hand side of the congregation on the left-hand side of the congregation and we were both supposed to be mentally living out what we represented. Both sides were doomed by sin and the inability to keep the law!It appears that there is no way out! But there is. The sinner in the story is obvious to recognise - he took a share of the inheritance and blew it all in the city. The second son represents the Pharisees. He stayed back and faithfully obeyed everything his father told him. He was loyal, faithful, committed, and obedient. He was trying to do all the right things ..... but in the wrong manner.Interestingly, both sides were in sin but both can be redeemed by the blood of Jesus. There is a way back. And that's just a summary of the depth that is offered to us listeners today.Are you a sinner as described above, even if it is just about 'tiny' sins and not those 'big' ones? Are you a Pharisee that does everything right but it still seems unfair when things go wrong in your life? Ps Gary leads us all in a prayer that brings us to Jesus and eternal life at the end of this message.
10 Jul 2022