Preaching at St. Barnabas


We have 5 different preachers, giving us a range of styles and insight.

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2021-11-21 Where does our soul go when we die - Laurence New

2021-11-07  Attitudes in Life - Trevor Patterson

2021-10-31 Rejoice in Hope - Werner Alberts

2021-10-24 Grapes - Bishop John

2021-10-17 Angels - Trevor Patterson

2021-10-10 Euthanasia - Laurence New

2021-10-03 Barnabas part 2 - Peter Murcott

2021-09-26 Living Temple of God - Werner Alberts

2021-09-19 Pride and humility - Trevor Patterson

2021-09-12 Psalm 14 - Laurence New

2021-09-05 Barnabas part 1 - Peer Murcott

2021-08-29 Angry words - Trevor Patterson

2021-08-22 Time with Our Father - Werner Alberts

2021-08-15 Following the New Hope - Scott Ellinger

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Cause for Thought

By Peter Murcott

(1) Ascension Day

Forty days after Jesus rose from the dead, having given many infallible proofs of His resurrection,1 He ascended into heaven. The account of His ascension is told in clear, straightforward, factual, historical language. Christ’s ascension into heaven took place on Mount Olivet, being a sabbath day’s journey from Jerusalem.2 That means it was about three quarters of a mile away;3 though the Ascension did not take place on the sabbath day. The expression is used merely to indicate the distance.

The eleven apostles were the eye witnesses,4 which surely constitutes overwhelming evidence of its reality. Moreover, during the next ten days, Peter referred to it in the assembled company in Jerusalem.5

Christ’s Ascension bears a resemblance to His Transfiguration, which Peter, James and John witnessed. The common feature is that of a cloud. 6 We might also recall that God’s ongoing presence with the children of Israel in the wilderness is similarly described; and so it was that, as Christ ascended into heaven, “a cloud received him out of their sight”.6

Surely, then, we ought to say, with Hebrews 12:1: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”   

(To be continued)

Read: Acts 1:1-12

1: See: Acts 1:3.                       2: See Acts 1:12.     3: The distance that one could lawfully travel on the sabbath.

4: See: Acts 1: 9 & 10                      5: Acts 1:22                    6: Matthew 17:5.                                 7: Acts 1:9.

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