Andy Barras, Author at St John's Diamond Creek

Posts by Andy Barras

Jesus – No Additions || St John’s Extra

What do you have to do to be a Christian? Jesus gives us GRACE – an undeserved, unearned gift, with no strings attached. Follow our series Freedom in Jesus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgAkmMD7nJs&list=PLWU9eWkjJ11k6gZv9W_k2cnQLXJKSueAp Connect with us at ➜ Website: https://stjohnsdc.org.au ➜ Facebook: https://facebook.com/stjohnsdc ➜ Instagram: https://instagram.com/stjohnsdc

Self-Help || St John’s Extra

Is self-help self-ish? Do we get ahead in life by pushing others to the side? Is there a better way? Get St John’s Extra sent to your inbox — https://stjohnsdc.org.au/extra/ Check out our website — https://stjohnsdc.org.au Join our church community — https://stjohnsdc.org.au/join-the-community/

Spiritual but not Religious? || St John’s Extra

Australians believe in the supernatural – from ghosts to miracles and a higher power. What do you believe in? ABC article – “We asked Australians if they believe in God or the supernatural. Here’s what they said” – https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-04/spiritual-supernatural-realities-australians-weig-in-this-easter/100046122  Get St John’s Extra sent to your inbox — https://stjohnsdc.org.au/extra/ Check out our website — https://stjohnsdc.org.au Join our church community — https://stjohnsdc.org.au/join-the-community/

SHOWDOWN – Christmas vs. Easter || St John’s Extra

It’s the battle of the holidays! Why do we put so much emphasis on Christmas and leave Easter behind? Explore the book of Mark through Christianity Explored — https://stjohnsdc.org.au/who-is-jesus/#christianity-explored Celebrate Easter at St John’s — https://stjohnsdc.org.au/easter Get St John’s Extra sent to your inbox — https://stjohnsdc.org.au/extra/ Check out our website — https://stjohnsdc.org.au Join our church community — https://stjohnsdc.org.au/join-the-community/

Easter DEBUNKED! || St John’s Extra

St John’s Extra is back for Season 2! Kicking us off, Andy debunks some Easter traditions – including the Pagan origins of Easter… Get St John’s Extra sent to your inbox: https://stjohnsdc.org.au/extra/ Check out our website — https://stjohnsdc.org.au Join our church community — https://stjohnsdc.org.au/join-the-community/

Breakfast Bible Discussion 11 – Luke 2:22-40

Today we’re reading Luke 2:22-40 – and this will be our last Bible Breakfast of 2020! We hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as we have, and would love your thoughts as we assess it going into 2021. Email stream@stjohnsdc.org.au. We get slammed with messages full of agendas from every angle these days, it can become overwhelming. Let’s start our day with Jesus so we can be well equipped to handle what comes our way. In this week’s Breakfast Bible…

Breakfast Bible Discussion 10 – Luke 2:1-21

We get slammed with messages full of agendas from every angle these days, it can become overwhelming. Let’s start our day with Jesus so we can be well equipped to handle what comes our way. In this week’s Breakfast Bible discussion Di is back with Andy and Di, chatting through Luke chapter 2, verses 1-21. We’re doing a Christmas series for the next 2 weeks, then taking a break. Need a bible? Read online for free at bible.com or get in touch…

Breakfast Bible Discussion 9 – Luke 1:26-38

We get slammed with messages full of agendas from every angle these days, it can become overwhelming. Let’s start our day with Jesus so we can be well equipped to handle what comes our way. In this week’s Breakfast Bible discussion Ella is back with Andy, as well as first time guest, Katherine, chatting through Luke chapter 1, verses 26-38. We’re doing a Christmas series for the next 3 weeks, then taking a break. Need a bible? Read online for…

Breakfast Bible Discussion 8 – Luke 5:33-39

We get slammed with messages full of agendas from every angle these days, it can become overwhelming. Let’s start our day with Jesus so we can be well equipped to handle what comes our way. In this week’s Breakfast Bible discussion Linda is back with Andy, as well as first time guest, Di, chatting through Luke chapter 5, verses 33-39. Need a bible? Read online for free at bible.com or get in touch with us at stjohnsdc.org.au and we’ll try and hook you…

Breakfast Bible Discussion 7 – Luke 5:27-39

We get slammed with messages full of agendas from every angle these days, it can become overwhelming. Let’s start our day with Jesus so we can be well equipped to handle what comes our way. In this week’s Breakfast Bible discussion Linda joins Kirk and Andy to chat through Luke chapter 5, verses 27-39. Need a bible? Read online for free at bible.com or get in touch with us at stjohnsdc.org.au and we’ll try and hook you up with one.

Breakfast Bible Discussion 6 – Luke 5:17-26

We get slammed with messages full of agendas from every angle these days, it can become overwhelming. Let’s start our day with Jesus so we can be well equipped to handle what comes our way. In this week’s Breakfast Bible discussion Kirk is back with Andy and Ella to chat through Luke chapter 5, verses 17-26. Need a bible? Read online for free at bible.com or get in touch with us at stjohnsdc.org.au and we’ll try and hook you up with one.

Breakfast Bible Discussion 4 – Luke 5:1-11

We get slammed with messages full of agendas from every angle these days, it can become overwhelming. Let’s start our day with Jesus so we can be well equipped to handle what comes our way. In this week’s Breakfast Bible discussion Kirk is back with Andy and Ella to chat through Luke chapter 5, verses 1-11. Need a bible? Read online for free at bible.com or get in touch with us at stjohnsdc.org.au and we’ll try and hook you up…

Breakfast Bible Discussion 3 – Luke 4:31-44

We get slammed with messages full of agendas from every angle these days, it can become overwhelming. Let’s start our day with Jesus so we can be well equipped to handle what comes our way. In this week’s Breakfast Bible discussion Ella is back with Andy to chat through Luke chapter 4, verses 31-44. Need a bible? Read online for free at bible.com or get in touch with us at stjohnsdc.org.au and we’ll try and hook you up with one.

Breakfast Bible Discussion 2 – Luke 4:14-30

We get slammed with messages full of agendas from every angle these days, it can become overwhelming. Let’s start our day with Jesus so we can be well equipped to handle what comes our way. This week’s Breakfast Bible discussion Robyn joins Kirk and Ella to chat through Luke chapter 4, verses 14-30. Need a bible? Read online for free at bible.com or get in touch with us at stjohnsdc.org.au and we’ll try and hook you up with one.

Breakfast Bible Discussion 1 – Luke 4:1-13

We get slammed with messages full of agendas from every angle these days, it can become overwhelming. Let’s start our day with Jesus so we can be well equipped to handle what comes our way. In the first episode of our Breakfast Bible discussion, Kirk, Ella and Andy chat through Luke chapter 4, verses 1-13. Need a bible? Read online for free at bible.com or get in touch with us at stjohnsdc.org.au and we’ll try and hook you up with…

Live Cooking!

We love to have dinner together before the 6pm service, but during lockdown, we’ve really missed it! Tune in from 5pm on Sunday June 21 and cook along with Andy. We’ll be making Cabonara, a great pasta that’s easy for any skill level. Here’s what you’ll need: Salt 250g guanciale (salt-cured pork jowl), pancetta (Italian bacon), or bacon 250g mushrooms 2 cloves of garlic 100g Parmesan 4 large egg yolks 2 large eggs Pepper 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil 450g…

A Song for Groaning People

At the conclusion of our Who Am I? series, we were encouraged to look to the future coming of Jesus. This means putting our trust in God, that he would take away the frustrations of this world and make all things new. We were privileged to hear Katelyn Bland perform her original song Weight at our services, and it’s exciting to say that you can now download and listen to it yourself! You can download this file here.

Our Community

When moving into this area, something which struck me was the strong sense of community: communal vegetable gardens; communal libraries; communal running groups; communal history; communal stories; communal tragedy; and communal triumphs.  It’s a delight to be a part of – thank you Jesus for Nillumbik Shire! God had our community in mind when he made covenant with Abraham!  That his offspring would be a people who knew their God and they would be God’s people.  They would be a…

National Volunteer Week

We’ve just celebrated National Volunteer Week 2018 (May 21-27). St John’s literally could not run without the massive support of our volunteers. If you’re one of them; THANK YOU. Your service to others is so greatly appreciated. Paul wrote in Romans: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.” Serving one another, whether that be through existing…

Volunteer Spotlight | Alison Knuckey

It’s National Volunteer Week, and we love our volunteers. We’ve got some great stories to tell about some of our volunteers, about why they serve, and what they love about volunteering. Today, meet Alison (and Simeon). Alison is pretty busy, so I caught up with her while she was setting up for Mainly Music, where she volunteers. When she isn’t volunteering, Alison works part-time as an Orthotist and a Prosthetist –  she helps fit support devices for people who have lost…

Volunteer Spotlight | Joy and Scotty

It’s National Volunteer Week, and we love our volunteers. We’ve got some great stories to tell about some of our volunteers, about why they serve, and what they love about volunteering. Today, meet Scotty and Joy. Scotty and Joy are married, and love volunteering together, and as individuals. Scotty’s a retired mental health support worker, and Joy a retired Nurse and Educator. Among their many areas of service, they coordinate and liase with an organisation called Houses of Hope, who…

Volunteer Spotlight | Bev Ward

It’s National Volunteer Week, and we love our volunteers. We’ve got some great stories to tell about some of our volunteers, about why they serve, and what they love about volunteering. First up, meet Bev. Bev’s a retired nurse, and if you’ve been around St John’s or St Katherine’s, you’ve probably know her, or have heard her laugh! Bev serves in the Aged Care facility Leith Park, where she lives, leading sing-a-long sessions for (as she puts it) the ‘oldies’.…

Church News April 8th and 15th

This edition of the Church News includes an update on from our Communications Guy, Andy, on the work happening behind the scenes at St John’s. We’re also excited that a missionary partner family will be visiting soon! Download the Church News here.
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