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Why a Sermon Series in Acts?

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This Friday we start a new sermon series from the book of Acts. Written by Luke, Acts is the sequel to Luke's Gospel, furthering his story of Jesus, and how he built his church. The book of Acts tells the story of the birth of the church of Jesus Christ and its development from Jerusalem to Rome. As believers are empowered by the Holy Spirit they bear witness to the...

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Maundy Thursday

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What is Maundy Thursday? For many Christians, Maundy Thursday may be something that they have never heard about or may be a fairly new term they have recently heard. We've always celebrated Easter together. And most of our churches and communities have gathered to remember Christ's death on Good Friday. But Maundy Thursday is not as familiar to many Christians....

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Hyena Hunting

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Proverbs 6:27 asks the question, “Can a man carry fire next to his chest and his clothes not be burned?” The answer is no! We cannot carry fire close to our chests without being burned just like we cannot entertain hyenas without being bitten. We do this by entertaining our sins and toying with them instead of putting them to death at the first opportunity. ...

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Graveside Gardening.

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This season of grieving has taught me to remember truth. The importance of remembrance cannot be overstated. Remembering helps us refocus, re-align and heal, so we can go on living our lives in ways that glorify God. The Bible is full of reminders to remembrance. But what are we to remember? In short we are to remember who we are in Christ and why we’re here....

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Mourning with Hope.

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Pastor Gareth reflects on his mothers life and shares with us lessons that the Lord is teaching his family during their time of mourning. ...

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Why a Sermon Series from the Book of Judges?

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This Friday at New Life Church we're going to start an 11 week sermon series through the book of Judges. The subtitle of our series is BROKEN PEOPLE, FAITHFUL GOD. Even in the midst of human wickedness God’s grace shows us how only the divine can redeem the fallen. I hope you will join us finding Jesus in the book of Judges....

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Why a Sermon Series on the Parables of Jesus?

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Over the next few months we will observe and learn from Jesus teaching ministry through His parables. May these parables open our eyes to deeper insights into Christ and His kingdom and give us a greater desire for the sweet words of eternal life and to see His kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven....

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Life Together

Back to Church

Yesterday (7 July) the TEC, received official confirmation from the Department of Community Development that the compound in Al Mushrif has been approved to enter Phase 1 of the re-opening process. As the government begins to relax some of the restrictions from this coronavirus lockdown, churches will soon be able to go back together with some conditions. ...

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It's Just Not the Same!

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The Church gathering isn’t just a nice thing to do, it’s part of what a church is. Since the lockdown, we have been mourning the loss of the “great means of grace” which we normally enjoy every Friday here in the UAE. We are trying to do everything we can to encourage and to be encouraged. We are trying to do everything we can to offer praise to our Lord and drink ...

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Covid 19 and Family Prayer

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We all understand that “social distancing” is necessary from an epidemic-control point of view, but my fear is that during this time of isolation, many people will be tempted to “spiritually distance” themselves from God, from the church and from their families and basically go on a spiritual holiday. Even though we are isolated physically, we are united in the Spi...

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