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Talks from the Weekly Services of St Andrew’s Springfield

Weekly Talks St Andrew's Springfield

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Talks from the Weekly Services of St Andrew’s Springfield

    The Outpouring Of God’s Spirit

    The Outpouring Of God’s Spirit

    By Charlie Lacey | Acts 2:1-21

    When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.



    Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?”



    Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”



    Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:



    “‘In the last days, God says,

    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.

    Your sons and daughters will prophesy,

    your young men will see visions,

    your old men will dream dreams.

    Even on my servants, both men and women,

    I will pour out my Spirit in those days,

    and they will prophesy.

    I will show wonders in the heavens above

    and signs on the earth below,

    blood and fire and billows of smoke.

    The sun will be turned to darkness

    and the moon to blood

    before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.

    And everyone who calls

    on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

    Acts 2:1-21

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    • 20 min
    Our Creator and Redeemer

    Our Creator and Redeemer

    By Charlie Lacey | Psalms 147

    Praise the Lord.



    How good it is to sing praises to our God,

    how pleasant and fitting to praise him!



    The Lord builds up Jerusalem;

    he gathers the exiles of Israel.

    He heals the brokenhearted

    and binds up their wounds.

    He determines the number of the stars

    and calls them each by name.

    Great is our Lord and mighty in power;

    his understanding has no limit.

    The Lord sustains the humble

    but casts the wicked to the ground.



    Sing to the Lord with grateful praise;

    make music to our God on the harp.



    He covers the sky with clouds;

    he supplies the earth with rain

    and makes grass grow on the hills.

    He provides food for the cattle

    and for the young ravens when they call.



    His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse,

    nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;

    the Lord delights in those who fear him,

    who put their hope in his unfailing love.



    Extol the Lord, Jerusalem;

    praise your God, Zion.



    He strengthens the bars of your gates

    and blesses your people within you.

    He grants peace to your borders

    and satisfies you with the finest of wheat.



    He sends his command to the earth;

    his word runs swiftly.

    He spreads the snow like wool

    and scatters the frost like ashes.

    He hurls down his hail like pebbles.

    Who can withstand his icy blast?

    He sends his word and melts them;

    he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.



    He has revealed his word to Jacob,

    his laws and decrees to Israel.

    He has done this for no other nation;

    they do not know his laws.



    Praise the Lord.

    Psalms 147

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    • 22 min
    When the Darkness Closes In

    When the Darkness Closes In

    By Charlie Lacey | Psalm 88

    A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah. For the director of music. According to mahalath leannoth. A maskil of Heman the Ezrahite.



    Lord, you are the God who saves me;

    day and night I cry out to you.

    May my prayer come before you;

    turn your ear to my cry.



    I am overwhelmed with troubles

    and my life draws near to death.

    I am counted among those who go down to the pit;

    I am like one without strength.

    I am set apart with the dead,

    like the slain who lie in the grave,

    whom you remember no more,

    who are cut off from your care.



    You have put me in the lowest pit,

    in the darkest depths.

    Your wrath lies heavily on me;

    you have overwhelmed me with all your waves.

    You have taken from me my closest friends

    and have made me repulsive to them.

    I am confined and cannot escape;

    my eyes are dim with grief.



    I call to you, Lord, every day;

    I spread out my hands to you.

    Do you show your wonders to the dead?

    Do their spirits rise up and praise you?

    Is your love declared in the grave,

    your faithfulness in Destruction?

    Are your wonders known in the place of darkness,

    or your righteous deeds in the land of oblivion?



    But I cry to you for help, Lord;

    in the morning my prayer comes before you.

    Why, Lord, do you reject me

    and hide your face from me?



    From my youth I have suffered and been close to death;

    I have borne your terrors and am in despair.

    Your wrath has swept over me;

    your terrors have destroyed me.

    All day long they surround me like a flood;

    they have completely engulfed me.

    You have taken from me friend and neighbor—

    darkness is my closest friend.

    Psalm 88

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    • 5 min
    The Folly of Atheism

    The Folly of Atheism

    By Charlie Lacey | Psalm 14

    The fool says in his heart,

    “There is no God.”

    They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;

    there is no one who does good.



    The Lord looks down from heaven

    on all mankind

    to see if there are any who understand,

    any who seek God.

    All have turned away, all have become corrupt;

    there is no one who does good,

    not even one.



    Do all these evildoers know nothing?



    They devour my people as though eating bread;

    they never call on the Lord.

    But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,

    for God is present in the company of the righteous.

    You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,

    but the Lord is their refuge.



    Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!

    When the Lord restores his people,

    let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!

    Psalm 14

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    • 17 min
    A Well Orientated Life

    A Well Orientated Life

    By Charlie Lacey | Psalm 1

    Blessed is the one

    who does not walk in step with the wicked

    or 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 season

    and whose leaf does not wither—

    whatever they do prospers.



    Not so the wicked!

    They are like chaff

    that the wind blows away.

    Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,

    nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.



    For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,

    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

    Psalm 1

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    • 15 min
    The Hope of Peace

    The Hope of Peace

    By Charlie Lacey | Isaiah 2:1-5

    This is what Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem:



    In the last days



    the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established

    as the highest of the mountains;

    it will be exalted above the hills,

    and all nations will stream to it.



    Many peoples will come and say,



    “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,

    to the temple of the God of Jacob.

    He will teach us his ways,

    so that we may walk in his paths.”

    The law will go out from Zion,

    the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

    He will judge between the nations

    and will settle disputes for many peoples.

    They will beat their swords into plowshares

    and their spears into pruning hooks.

    Nation will not take up sword against nation,

    nor will they train for war anymore.



    Come, descendants of Jacob,

    let us walk in the light of the Lord.

    Isaiah 2:1-5

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    • 18 min

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