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Here’s an embedded playlist of some sermons that I’ve preached at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Manurewa.

Most of the sermons are from either Mark or Titus.

Fasting and Feasting

Fasting and Feasting

Now John’s disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. And people came and said to him, “Why do John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day.  (Mark 2:18-20)

Previous sermon in Mark’s Gospel: Disciples and Dinner Guests

How Great is Our God

Sometimes I lead singing at Covenant.  This involves choosing songs to be sung.  This week’s song list includes the following song by Chris Tomlin.

How Great is Our God


The splendor of a King, clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice
All the earth rejoice

He wraps himself in Light, and darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice
Trembles at His voice


How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see

How great, how great is our God

Age to age He stands
And time is in His hands
Beginning and the end
Beginning and the end

The Godhead Three in One
Father Spirit Son
The Lion and the Lamb
The Lion and the Lamb

Name above all names
Worthy of our praise
My heart will sing
How great is our God


To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

“…may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the LORD!” As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!”  (Psalm 40:1-17)

Promise and Laughter

“Old man,”
He said
“You’ll have a son.”

“A son?”
He laughed
“My days are done.”

“A son,”
He said
“To you, old lady”

“To me?”
She laughed
“I’ll have a baby?”

“Too hard?”
He said
“Too hard for me?”

“Too old”
They cried
“How can it be?”

“Next year,”
He said
“About this time”

“Oh yeah?”
They scoffed
“We’re well passed prime”

“You’ll see”
He said
“More than the sand”

“To us?”
They asked
“Is that your plan?”

“It is”
He said
“And you’re a part”

“A son”
They said
“To bless Your heart?”

“He will”
He said
“I send my own”

“Your son?”
They spoke
“To take a throne”

“A cross”
He said
“Will crown His head”

“To die?”
They said
“Not might instead?”

“My plan”
He said
“For my glory”

“And us?”
They asked
“In that story?”

Promise and Laughter