Christ the King
This is the seventh sermon in a series on the Psalms and was given by Geoff Pound at Ashburton Baptist Church on 22 November 2015.
Reading: Psalm 93
93:1 The LORD is king, he is robed in majesty; the LORD is robed, he is girded with strength. He has established the world; it shall never be moved;
93:2 your throne is established from of old; you are from everlasting.
93:3 The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their roaring.
93:4 More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters, more majestic than the waves of the sea, majestic on high is the LORD!
93:5 Your decrees are very sure; holiness befits your house, O LORD, forevermore.
This is the sixth sermon in a series on the Psalms, given by Geoff Pound at Ashburton Baptist Church on 8 November 2015.
Reading: Psalm 127
In Scottsboro, Alabama, there’s a huge, 40,000 square feet store, called the Unclaimed Baggage Center. It’s brimming with items people have left on planes and trains—lost luggage that’s now made available at greatly reduced prices.
It’s so fascinating to visit that it has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the state.
Some of the orphaned items are the stuff of fashion dreams. Most of them are ordinary. Sometimes the lost baggage involves weird things like a turtle shell, a Samurai sword, a unicycle and even a live snake that turned up in a duffle bag.
Exclaiming the Faith!
This is the fifth sermon in a series on the Psalms, given by Geoff Pound at Ashburton Baptist Church on 1 November 2015. Reading: Psalm 146
A few decades ago a father asked his son, “What did you do at Kinder today?” The little boy said, “We did painting.” His father asked to see his son’s artwork. He hoped he might have a Picasso in the making who would grow up to sell masterpieces to fund his retirement.
The boy showed him his creation and there were colourful brushstrokes everywhere. Dad said, “What’s that? He said, “It’s a stereo. Here are the big speakers. You put the cassette in here, turn it on and the music comes out of here.”
“That’s a wonderful painting,” said his father, “Can I have it?”
A Psalm for all Times
This is the fourth sermon in a series on the Psalms, given by Geoff Pound at Ashburton Baptist Church on 25 October 2015.
Reading: Psalm 31: 1-8, 19-22.
A woman was at work when she received an urgent phone call. She was told that her young daughter had developed a fever. She stopped at the pharmacy to get some medication and, on returning to her car, found that she’d locked her keys in the car. She bowed her head and said: “O God please HELP me. Please send me HELP.”
Within minutes, a bearded man arrived on an old motorcycle. He was wearing a biker skull rag under his helmet. The man got off his motorbike and asked if he could help. He walked over to the car and in no time, her car was opened. She hugged the man and through her tears she said: "Thank you so much. You are such a nice man."
He replied: "Woman, I’m NOT a nice man. I just got out of prison yesterday; I was in prison for car theft.” The woman hugged the man again and said out loud: "Oh, thank you God! You even sent me a professional!"
Laniakea and Psalm 104
These insights on Psalm 104 were presented at a family service at Ashburton Baptist Church, by Keren McClelland on 18 October 2015.
On Laniakea: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rENyyRwxpHo
Also have a look at this 20 min documentary on Biomimicry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sf4oW8OtaPY
Psalm 104 ‘exuberant wonder' for scientists:
Jim Cotter - I was encouraged by some work done by Angela Tilby when producing a television series called Soul a few years ago to try and capture some of the excitement of the scientist in a version of that psalm which I called 'Exuberant wonder'.
Teach Us to Count Our Days
This is the second sermon in a series on the Psalms, given by Geoff Pound at Ashburton Baptist Church on 11 October 2015.
Reading: Psalm 90
Werner Lemke was a boy in Germany during the Second World War. As the war was drawing to a close, the Allied Forces came at last to his home and the family had to move out. He took with him a vivid memory of gathering a few things for hurried flight. There was a sense of ending and defeat. At the last moment, they stopped for a final check of the family home then his older brother called them into the lounge and said, “Wait a minute.”
When I Look at the Moon
This is the first sermon in a series on the Psalms, given by Geoff Pound at Ashburton Baptist Church on 4 October 2015.
Reading: Psalm 8: 1-9
Someone has written:
When TV came to my house. I forgot how to read books.
When the car came to my drive way, I forgot how to walk.
When I got a mobile phone in my hand, I forgot how to write letters.
When the computer and Google came to my house, I forgot how to spell.
When air conditioning came to my house, I stopped going under the tree for the cool breeze.
When I stayed in the city, I forgot the smell of mud.
By dealing with the banks, I forgot the value of money.
With the smell of perfume, I forgot the fragrance of fresh flowers.
With the coming of packaged and fast food, I forgot how to cook.
Always running around, I forgot how to stop.
And when I got WhatsApp and Facebook, I forgot how to talk.
Doing the Faith Together
This is the fifth and final sermon in a series on the book of James, given by Geoff Pound at Ashburton Baptist Church on 27 September 2015.
Reading: James 5:13-20
Early last century, Captain Mikkelsen, the Danish captain, was sent out on an expedition in the Arctic, to recover the bodies of several explorers.
For nearly two and a half years, nothing was heard of them. Death many times stared them in the face. On one occasion they’d shot their last dog and eaten their final morsel.
But the captain tells that the most trying ordeal was not the paralyzing cold, nor the anxiety about food but the weird silence and the maddening monotony of the snow throughout those months.
The captain said, “Our only remedy was talk, talk, talk, and plenty of it.” He said: “My engineer and I continually discussed subjects that would never have interested them under any other conditions.”