Generosity on the Way

Published: Monday, 01 August 2016

This sermon, given by Geoff Pound at ABC on 31 July 2016, included interviews with Rachel Heard and Nick Olver, and another report on Building Bridges, as expressions of the generosity of which the Scripture speaks. The service also featured a report, a thanksgiving and a blessing of the Winter Hampers that are being assembled and distributed this week to Camcare who will give them on our behalf to people in our community who are in need. It is the fourth in a series entitled, ‘People of the Way’. Check out the introduction to this series and Study 4 for personal and group study that accompanies this sermon.

Reading: Luke 12:13-21 Generosity GP 0716

12:13 Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me."

12:14 But he said to him, "Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?"

12:15 And he said to them, "Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; for one's life does not consist in the abundance of possessions."

12:16 Then he told them a parable: "The land of a rich man produced abundantly.

12:17 And he thought to himself, 'What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?'

12:18 Then he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.

12:19 And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.'

12:20 But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?'

12:21 So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God."

Today’s Scripture is about poverty and plenty, greed and generosity.

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Prayer on the Way

Published: Monday, 25 July 2016

This address was given by Geoff Pound at ABC on 24 July 2016. It is the third in a series entitled, ‘People of the Way’. Check out the introduction to this series and Study 3 for personal and group study that accompanies this sermon.

Reading: Luke 11:1-13 prayer GP 0716

11:1 He was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples."

11:2 He said to them, "When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.

11:3 Give us each day our daily bread.

11:4 And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial."

11:5 And he said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread;

11:6 for a friend of mine has arrived, and I have nothing to set before him.'

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Priorities on the Way

Published: Monday, 18 July 2016

Priorities on the Way

 

This address was given by Geoff Pound at ABC on 17 July 2016. It is the second in a series entitled, ‘People of the Way’. Check out the introduction to this series and Study 2 for personal and group study that accompanies this sermon.

Reading: Luke 10: 38-42 priorities wordle 0716

10:38 Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home.

10:39 She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to what he was saying.

10:40 But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me."

10:41 But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things;

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Others on the Way

Published: Monday, 11 July 2016

Others on the Way

This address was given by Geoff Pound at ABC on 10 July 2016. It is the first in a series entitled, ‘People of the Way’. Check out the introduction to this series and Study Notes 1 for personal and group study that accompany this sermon.

Reading: Luke 10:25-37 High Street 0716

10:25 Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he said, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

10:26 He said to him, "What is written in the law? What do you read there?" 10:27 He answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself."

10:28 And he said to him, "You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live."

10:29 But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" 10:30 Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead.

10:31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.

10:32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.

10:33 But a Samaritan while traveling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity.

10:34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him.

10:35 The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, 'Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.'

10:36 Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?"

10:37 He said, "The one who showed him mercy." Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."

Steven Pressfield recalls the days when he was learning his craft as a film writer.[1] In Hollywood he worked with a director named Ernie Pintoff. They’d sit side by side and write, Pintoff the real pro, and Pressfield the young novice.

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‘I still have many things to say to you’

Published: Monday, 23 May 2016

This address was given at ABC by Geoff Pound on 22 May 2016.

Reading: John 16:12-15staring at the stars GP 0516

16:12 "I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.

16:13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but will speak whatever he hears, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.

16:14 He will glorify me, because he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

16:15 All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.

In 2009 NASA launched a spacecraft that’s been studying the stars in the solar system ever since.[1]

On board is the powerful Kepler space telescope. This month it was announced that the Kepler has discovered, and had scientifically verified, 1200 new planets.

These new planets were found in only a small patch of the night sky, which leads us to ask: ‘How many more planets will be discovered as newer, more powerful telescopes are set to work in the coming decade?’

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Pentecost People

Published: Monday, 16 May 2016

Pentecost People

This sermon was preached by Geoff Pound at ABC on Pentecost Day, 15 May 2016. Here is a link to the Personal and Group Study Notes—Study 8 that accompanies this sermon. The other study notes in ABC’s Resurrection People series is at this link.

Reading: Acts 2:1-21Pentecost GP 0516

Waleed Aly[1] won the Gold Logie this week for the person judged to be the Best Personality on Australian television in this last year. Accepting the award he expressed his appreciation for the personal honour.[2]

But he saw something more significant. It was so startling that he said: “Don’t adjust your sets. There’s nothing wrong with your picture. I’m sure there’s an Instagram filter you can use to return things to normal.”

He thought it amazing that the Australian public had voted for him—a man of Egyptian extraction and a Muslim to boot.

Aly talked about a recent conversation he’d had with an actor. Tyler can’t use his given name, Mustafa, because he wouldn’t get any work. He spoke of another man called Dimitri who’s yearning for greater ethnic diversity in the media.

Waleed said: “If tonight means anything, it’s that the Australian public, our audience—as far as they’re concerned there’s absolutely no reason why that cannot change.”

On Pentecost Sunday we celebrate the hope that people with different gifts and from different cultures can be valued by the unifying work of the Holy Spirit.

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Resurrection People - Freedom

Published: Monday, 09 May 2016

This sermon was given by Geoff Pound at ABC on 8 May 2016. It is part of the ‘Resurrection People’ series which is also accompanied by Study Notes for group discussion and personal study. Here is the link to Study 7 which is based on this Scripture passage.

Reading: Acts 16:16-34 freedom in christ GP 0516

An American professor has been in the news for posting his CV on the Internet which includes not only his achievements but many of his failures.[1]

Professor Johannes Haushofer is Assistant Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs at Princeton University. His CV contains sections entitled:

+ Degree Programs I did not get into.

+ Awards and scholarships I did not get

+ Research Funding I did not get and

+ Paper rejections from Academic Journals

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Purple People

Published: Monday, 02 May 2016

This sermon was given by Geoff Pound at ABC on 1 May 2016. It is part of the ‘Resurrection People’ series which is also accompanied by Study Notes for group discussion and personal study. Here is the link to Study 6 which is based on this Scripture passage.

Purple spire 0516Reading: Acts 16:6-15

Nathaniel Hawthorne worked at the Customs House at Salem, Massachusetts but he loathed the place. He hated his work. He detested everything associated with it. To escape from the horrible memories of the daytime, he wrote stories at night.[1]

Some years later, he lost his job. When he came home and told his wife that he’d been retrenched he was absolutely devastated. But his wife, Sophia, was elated. "Your opportunity has come at last," she cried, "Now you can be an author by profession!"

He seized a manuscript that he’d written in his spare time, took it to a publisher and in a few months his first novel was published. ‘The Scarlet Letter’ was an instant best seller. So began his fulltime writing career.

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