Posts with the category “save-our-sundays”

S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on February 17th, 2024
But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.Hebrews 3:13So. I’ve done the smallest amount of pottery. When I was young I made a boat. It served as a paperweight for some time. My understanding with making pottery is that while you work the clay, it needs to stay a little wet to stop the clay from hardening and becomin...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on February 10th, 2024
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.Romans 12:4-6Have you ever tried to write with your feet/toes? What about something crazier, have you ever tried to eat through your nos...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on February 3rd, 2024
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.Romans 12:15Have you ever felt like you had to put on a ‘front’ as you walked into Church? That somehow you had to pull it together and at least appear like everything was ok, no not just ok, but great :) I’ve experienced this. Why does this happen? Well, I want to take responsibility, sometimes it was my pride, I didn’t want to be seen to...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on January 27th, 2024
I will remember the deeds of the Lord;yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.I will consider all your worksand meditate on all your mighty deeds.”Psalm 77:11-12I encourage you to go and read all of Psalm 77 if you can. It’s a wonderful example of why God’s people sing. The Psalmist is in a dark place. Feeling forgotten by God. Ever been there? But what does the Psalmist do? Verse 6, he rem...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on January 20th, 2024
See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.Hebrews 3:12-13I love animal documentaries. The way God h...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on January 13th, 2024
They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.Acts 2:42One of the things I love about Village Church is our dinners together. Food is a wonderful way to celebrate togetherness, to serve one another and to enjoy each other in Christ. When we do this, we partake in a tradition from the earliest converts to Christ. Acts 2 reminds us that t...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on November 25th, 2023
Greet one another with a holy kiss.2 Corinthians 13:12No. It’s ok. I’m not going to suggest we start doing this. I don’t think Paul is either (well, not exactly). In the Greek/Roman world of the early Church, similar to perhaps modern day France or Italy (before COVID), some form of kissing on the cheek was standard practice. It’s a physical gesture that indicates welcoming and closeness. It’s a c...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on November 18th, 2023
In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters. He says,“I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters;...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on November 11th, 2023
The assembly was in confusion: Some were shouting one thing, some another. Most of the people did not even know why they were there. The Jews in the crowd pushed Alexander to the front, and they shouted instructions to him. He motioned for silence in order to make a defence before the people. But when they realised he was a Jew, they all shouted in unison for about two hours: “Great is Artemis of ...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on November 4th, 2023
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.Romans 12:6-8One of the mind-bog...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on October 28th, 2023
As iron sharpens iron,so one person sharpens anotherProverbs 27:17Well, here’s a Proverb we can all get behind right. Sounds good. I wonder though, if this is one of those Proverbs that we love in principle but hate in practice.A few things about iron sharpening iron. It can be loud. Uncomfortable. Sparks can fly. The reality of conflict has led to many just avoiding it. Either because they don’t ...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on October 21st, 2023
May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.Romans 15:5-6From before we even planted Village Church, Romans 15:5-6 has been my prayer. One of my experiences of Church has been division. No, not at Village (so far). But bef...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on September 23rd, 2023
With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord: “He is good; his love toward Israel endures forever.” And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.Ezra 3:11What a privilege it is to be loved. I want you to think of someone who loves you. Go on, just picture them for a minute. Hear them say, I love you. See their loving ac...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on September 16th, 2023
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in whi...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on September 9th, 2023
Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.1 Corinthians 15:1-2There was a big swing we used to take our kids to. It was massive. A rope probably 20 metres high secured to a big gum bran...  Read More
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Suffering & Salvation
by Tim Canosa on September 8th, 2023
18 His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said.19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly ...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on September 2nd, 2023
But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a bette...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on August 26th, 2023
Taste and see that the Lord is good;    blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Fear the Lord, you his holy people,    for those who fear him lack nothing.The lions may grow weak and hungry,    but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.Psalm 34:8-10For thousands of years, God’s people have chosen Sunday as a day to taste and see that the Lord is good. Personally, I don’t believe in the ‘L...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on August 12th, 2023
The righteous will flourish like a palm tree,    they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;planted in the house of the Lord,    they will flourish in the courts of our God.They will still bear fruit in old age,    they will stay fresh and green,proclaiming, ‘The Lord is upright;    he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.’Psalm 92:12-15A Northern Suburbs version:God’s people will flourish li...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on August 5th, 2023
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 1 Corinthians 9:24-25I can’t imagine what sort of training it takes to win an olympic gold medal. Let’s just consider th...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on July 29th, 2023
Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Ephesians 5:1Love is a way of life for God’s people. In Ephesians 1 & 3, Paul reminds us that God’s love for His people is like the ocean. So deep, so wide and vast that it surpasses knowledge. We were because of and ...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on July 22nd, 2023
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wickedor stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in seasonand whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.Psalm 1:1-3Did you ever do that e...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on July 15th, 2023
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Ephesians 1:18-19I remember when we first launched Village Church. It was during the second NSW COVID lockdown. What does it look like to start a Church online? We didn’t...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on July 8th, 2023
8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all tha...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on July 1st, 2023
“To the eunuchs who keep my Sabbaths,    who choose what pleases me    and hold fast to my covenant—5 to them I will give within my temple and its walls    a memorial and a name    better than sons and daughters;I will give them an everlasting name    that will endure forever.6 And foreigners who bind themselves to the Lord    to minister to him,to love the name of the Lord,    and to be his serva...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on June 10th, 2023
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:Philippians 2:5I’ve spoken a bunch about the why of Christian living. We should conduct ourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Jesus Christ because the gospel is itself so worthy of our sacrificial lives.But what does it look like? What does it look like on a Sunday to have the same mindset as Christ Jesus? What...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on May 27th, 2023
16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.James 5:16Charles Spurgeon says that, “neglect of private prayer is the locust which devours the strength of the church.”By God’s grace He has given us the most incredible gift which is His ear. If we were to pick up our phone and try to call th...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on May 20th, 2023
11 My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. 12 What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.”13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul?1 Corinthians 1:11-13I’ve never been in a church environ...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on May 6th, 2023
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.Proverbs 27:17I consider myself a pretty self-sufficient person. I like to solve my own problems. I spend time reflecting on my life, my weaknesses and my strengths. I think about ways to grow and to follow Jesus more faithfully.Do you see yourself as pretty self-sufficient?One thing the last twenty-five years of being in Church has convinced m...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on April 1st, 2023
My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.John 17:15-17It’s hard to know the truth these days. Fake news. AI chatbots. Algorithms that reflect our own biases and even those of the coder. Pair that with sinful human psychology that prefers lies to...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on March 25th, 2023
The royal administrators, prefects, satraps, advisers and governors have all agreed that the king should issue an edict and enforce the decree that anyone who prays to any god or human being during the next thirty days, except to you, Your Majesty, shall be thrown into the lions’ den. Now, Your Majesty, issue the decree and put it in writing so that it cannot be altered—in accordance with the law ...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on March 18th, 2023
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.1 Corinthians 13:4-7Do you ever feel like you are running in survival mode? I do...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on March 11th, 2023
What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.”1 Corinthians 1:12You know, one of the saddest things that can happen to a Church is division. Conflict or fractures can occur for a number of reasons. Doctrine/theology, moral failures, poor pastoral care just to name a few.But one of the saddest things ...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on March 4th, 2023
Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.1 Timothy 4:7-8We are a community obsessed with physical training. Going for a run, to the gym, surfing or sport, we think exercise is the key to thriving under ...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on February 25th, 2023
But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus ChristPhilippians 3:20In many countries of the world, Australia has an embassy. A place within a place. For those who work there, they live a dual existence. They are Australians, working for Australia but living in a foreign nation. Outside the walls, embassy workers must abide by local customs and cultures...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on February 18th, 2023
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. Ephesians 6:18-20Ge...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on February 11th, 2023
The Lord said to Moses, “Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones, and I will write on them the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke. Be ready in the morning, and then come up on Mount Sinai. Present yourself to me there on top of the mountain. No one is to come with you or be seen anywhere on the mountain; not even the flocks and herds may graze in front of the mountain.”...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on February 4th, 2023
Woe to those who call evil good    and good evil,who put darkness for light    and light for darkness,who put bitter for sweet    and sweet for bitter.Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes    and clever in their own sight.Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine    and champions at mixing drinks,who acquit the guilty for a bribe,    but deny justice to the innocent.Isaiah 5:20-23What com...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on January 29th, 2023
Then Jesus asked, “What is the kingdom of God like? What shall I compare it to? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds perched in its branches.”Again he asked, “What shall I compare the kingdom of God to? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds of flour until it worked all through the dough.”Luke ...  Read More
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S.O.S.
by Tim Canosa on January 22nd, 2023
All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. Acts 4:32 How do you see our Church (or your Church)? By Church, I don’t mean a building or the leadership but all the people God has brought together who meet on a Sunday with you.For instance, do you see them as just a bunch of random people who you smile...  Read More
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