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First Cup

By First Cup Team
Join us as we chat through how God is challenging and moving each of us to extraordinary life in the middle of the ordinary. Short, simple audio messages about life and faith to reach for each weekday morning, as we get our days kickstarted!
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INCARNATION🤍
07:56
November 27, 2020
The Message you should never ignore !
Hebrews 1:1-3 tells us the lengths God has taken to talk to us . So the question is - what do we do with His Message ?
07:44
November 26, 2020
Celebrating our Messiah❤️
We get to celebrate our Savior’s birth & live in His legacy of Hope ! Praise Him! Suggested song : https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLaMmIs7scReOg-irWNhY0DhsFAUy65byY
06:36
November 24, 2020
Four seasons in ONE
Jingle bells, hustle and bustle, Christmas clear out , COVID..... Jesus???
05:40
November 24, 2020
Christmas Crasher
An ex-‘wedding crasher’ looking at Christmas through new eyes. We are restrained in our own affections. ‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭6:11
08:48
November 22, 2020
Arise Shine, you salty light!
An exhortation from Matthew 5 -🧂💡
04:02
November 20, 2020
Choosing Your Flavour
A reminder to embrace all the seasons in life, some more challenging than others with a Christlike faith and fragrance.... and desiring the tea in our pots to reflect WHO we believe in, rather than who we are...
06:58
November 18, 2020
Growing in gratitude
A challenge to give thanks in all circumstances
09:38
November 18, 2020
Take Heart Overcomers 💪🏼💛
The Good News is the Good News in every season, in every circumstance
07:01
November 17, 2020
Love & Honour 💙
As we approach Christmas over the next few weeks, let us be reminded of Romans 12 vs 9-10 that calls us to love one another and to outdo one another in showing honour.
08:19
November 15, 2020
‘I’m coming Lord!’
Inspiration from the humble life of Alphonsus Rodriguez... and John 15:5
06:05
November 13, 2020
That ONE THING!
Jesus was very clear about what he thought was important . Are we? Some reflections on Luke 10:38-42 ...
07:07
November 12, 2020
The disciple whom Jesus Loved
Drawing inspiration from the disciple John and his intimate knowledge of Jesus’ Great Love.
06:01
November 10, 2020
Good vibes only
Personification of the tree beside streams of Living Water and how it could impact our day with a challenge for the week!
05:14
November 9, 2020
I’ve had enough Lord
If you are feeling like you are not coping - you are not alone.
06:25
November 5, 2020
The Harvest is Plentiful
Could it be that when Jesus said “the harvest is Plentiful” that maybe He meant “the harvest is Plentiful”? If the harvest is Plentiful, what then is the problem? Nic takes us through this simple command and truth from Jesus.
05:16
November 4, 2020
Testimony Tuesday: Surviving COVID
A story about a young woman coming back from the brink of death
08:33
November 3, 2020
Lights of the World
God calls us to be LIGHTS in the world...to not be hidden but to radiate His hope, joy and freedom in the darkest of places... And not in our own capacity but by the power of the Holy Spirit.
06:46
November 1, 2020
Stand in awe
Why and how should we ‘fear God’? Reflections on the holiness & greatness of God from Isaiah 40
09:26
October 30, 2020
Being with Jesus
Knowing we have access to Him, we can talk with Him, walk with Him, He is right there - this means we have so much to give to those around us.
10:46
October 29, 2020
One Body united and Sustained by Jesus
A reminder that we are all connected as Gods children as one body by His body
08:21
October 28, 2020
Testimony Tuesday with Rodé
A beautiful account of a couple’s obedience to God’s plan and His sovereign timing for their family - even when it went it seemed “ crazy” .
10:38
October 27, 2020
Question Four ☑️
Today we take a fresh look at responding to that challenging question, ‘What’s in your hand?’
07:25
October 26, 2020
The Gardener 🌳
Listen to what happens when a garden is left to grow into a jungle , and how that correlates to John 15.: 1-7 where the Gardener is at work in our lives .
06:47
October 23, 2020
Feed your Faith 🌈❤️
What provides nourishment for our Faith ? God’s Living Word does✨ ...
09:11
October 21, 2020
Offended?
Taking a look at the scripture which encourages us to overlook and offense...and some.
07:33
October 21, 2020
Work as Worship
Crossing the secular sacred divide on the bridge of ‘Avodah’
08:08
October 18, 2020
The Lords Prayer
Sit back and relax as Nic takes us through the Lord’s Prayer. Let this wash over you, and minster to your heart and spirit. Enjoy ❤️
08:28
October 16, 2020
Dancing For an audience of One
Let’s encourage each other to turn off our own music and and start listening for the Lord’s knowing that He is the only answer to peace, contentment and life. Let’s choose another drumbeat and dance for that audience of One....
07:06
October 14, 2020
In the arena
Making sure we’re fully engaged in advancing the kingdom of God
07:37
October 14, 2020
✨Testimony Tuesday🌈
A beautiful account of God’s glorious faithfulness to a family.
08:47
October 12, 2020
Roaring together
Let’s do this together! Unity is something God loves. We can celebrate our diversity.
05:45
October 11, 2020
Walk the Word
Byron shares from John 1:1 & John 17 about the word being life, truth and being aware of walking in this life and truth 💙
10:49
October 9, 2020
Renewed Strength
Leaning. Trusting. Abiding... In this episode, Ian continues the theme of letting the Lord renew our strength.
08:08
October 8, 2020
Tired of being tired?
If you’re feeling weary , then this one’s for you !
07:02
October 7, 2020
TESTIMONY TUESDAY | with Holly Walton
Holly shares about some gems she has discovered in her walk with the Lord. These Truths have brought richness to her life and a depth that we hope inspires you.
07:58
October 5, 2020
Leaning Back ❤️
Cultivating a heart posture of leaning into God.
07:21
October 4, 2020
Surely we will delight in our inheritance!
Renewing our perspective of the privilege we have in walking in relationship with the Father.
06:06
October 2, 2020
Go Fly a Kite
“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
06:15
October 1, 2020
7 Things God Loves
A look at some of the things God loves.
07:02
September 30, 2020
Testimony Tuesday 🕊
God is in the details of our lives . You will love listening to Kate as she illustrates this so beautifully!
08:35
September 29, 2020
Don’t Look Back
Desiring a faith and trust in the Lord, and not to turn back to what was, but walk forewords into the purpose & promises God has for our lives...
07:51
September 27, 2020
Sun washed, scrubbed clean
A meditation on Psalm 19
06:15
September 25, 2020
The Mind
Renewing the mind is a big topic. This episode we just touch on the importance of this and how God desires to journey with us in this.
06:38
September 24, 2020
The Lord is always with you
Being aware of Gods presence and promises that He is always with us, that He goes before us and that He promises never to forsake us is a powerful truth we should never forget
14:23
September 22, 2020
Carpe diem? Colere deum!
Ian speaks about Joseph, faithfulness and motives.
07:52
September 21, 2020
Gods love language
We often speak of God’s love for us but do we know how HE wants to be loved BY US?
06:24
September 18, 2020
Through the fire 🔥
The triumphant story in Daniel about the three servants of God and their unwavering trust in the Lord.
05:39
September 16, 2020
Testimony Tuesday • ABIDE | Jane Kang
Jane, an Australian/Korean singer-songwriter, shares the beautiful story behind her beautiful song. To hear the song... APPLE MUSIC: https://music.apple.com/za/album/abide/1523948629?i=1523948632 SPOTIFY: https://open.spotify.com/track/0q3DV669l4VCabs4e0D7ek?si=nOBdK_D_Ro6ViOhgZltdtQ
07:37
September 15, 2020
Don’t be a lions breakfast
A timely warning and reminder from 1 Kings 13 - to hold fast to the Word of God as He has commanded you to.
09:17
September 14, 2020
Distractions.
Nic shares some first hand thoughts on distractions, and shares some encouragement from Paul, Jesus and Hebrews.
05:54
September 11, 2020
Finishing strong
A look at Caleb’s example of routing the enemy at 85 years old
08:20
September 9, 2020
Testimony Tuesday ☺️
Julia shares a bit of her journey with us as God nudges her towards embracing ‘Entitlement’....
10:58
September 8, 2020
Inside out
Sometimes the greatest ‘new’ is what He is doing in each one of us.
08:26
September 7, 2020
What’s changed for you?
A challenge to consider one thing that God is saying you should do differently in this new season.
07:05
September 4, 2020
New! ✨
Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? - Isaiah 43:19
07:41
September 3, 2020
Spring Cleaning 🌸
We read from Hebrews 12:1-3 and Romans 8 : 5-8 in the Message and find out what this has to do with spring- cleaning!
06:37
September 2, 2020
Testimony Tuesday 🗓
A Challenge for us 👊
10:59
September 1, 2020
Isaiah 43 vs 15-21 Behold I am doing a new thing.
Edwina shares on a passage from Isaiah 43 vs 15-21. May our God of Hope fill you with His Hope🙏🏽.
10:15
August 30, 2020
Praise in all seasons
Shelagh encourages us to praise The Lord in all seasons.
06:58
August 27, 2020
Jehovah Himself watches over you
Lessons learnt from King Hezekiah, and a look at Psalm 121. Who really fights our battles?
05:02
August 27, 2020
Handing It Over
God sees us and meets us wherever we are - in the valleys and on the mountain tops of life. And He promises to bring us rest, as long as we hand it over....
06:39
August 25, 2020
Testimony Tuesday ! Even through the Valley, God is good.
Liesle-Ann shares some of her journey through the valley of the shadow of death, and how the Lord has met her in her grief and loss .
07:43
August 25, 2020
Preach the Gospel?
Nicholas is inspired, challenged by Ron 1:16. He shared a message many have heard, yet at the same time one which many have not heard. May this message stir your hearts once again, as we seek to fulfill His great assignment.
06:09
August 24, 2020
Not Home Yet
Suffering serves to remind us we are not home .. yet... and that God works all things for the good of those who live Him according to His purposes. (Rom8:28) Ps- always order slap chips
07:33
August 21, 2020
Are you sure you’re alive?!
Jesus came to bring us fullness of life... what does that look like, and can we really have it?
07:28
August 20, 2020
Victory in our step
Shélagh shares a reminder of the way we can walk because of the prize of Victory we share!
08:20
August 18, 2020
TESTIMONY TUESDAY | Grace
Grace shares a powerful testimony about how trusting the Lord will never disappoint and seeking Him first leads to things we would never expect.
09:39
August 18, 2020
What position does God need you to be?
We don’t always need to work towards first place. Take time to hear from God about where He needs you to be. Sometimes we are called to lead, to follow and to support.
08:37
August 17, 2020
‘In Him we live and move and have our being...’
Our society is filled with unseen statues to unknown gods. Yet we know that The Living God is not far from anyone. In Him we live and move and have our being.
07:18
August 14, 2020
Spiritually Fireproof
Cheryl shares from Daniel 3 - do we have faith in God himself , or in what we want God to do for us ?
07:04
August 13, 2020
Limitless Love
Edwina shares and invites you to consider Jesus’ commandment: ... that you love one another, just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John13vs35
08:34
August 11, 2020
Testimony Tuesday: Our God of Angel Armies ⚡️
Fighting on their knees for a loved one fighting Covid-19...
10:46
August 11, 2020
Promised Land - Experiences while starting a business
Reflections and lessons learnt from starting our small Physiotherapy practice three years ago. Is the Lord still faithful? 😉🔥❤️
07:20
August 10, 2020
You don’t fit in
If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and His way. James4:4 (message)
05:60
August 7, 2020
I AM with you...
A reminder of God’s promise that we are never alone, and a look at at the consistency of our Father over the ages🔥🌳
06:00
August 6, 2020
A Chosen People
We are God’s chosen people, a royal priesthood, a Holy Nation. WHO we are in Christ is way more important than WHAT we do for Him. In this episode we explore the importance of our identity and remind each other that God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him....(Pastor John)
05:48
August 4, 2020
Testimony Tuesday!🔥🙌 Answered 🙏
Nicholas shares a story about how God cares for the big things and little things, and how He hears and can answer our prayers 💪
10:36
August 4, 2020
Peace
What really is Peace? And how can we live in it?
08:59
August 3, 2020
He’s on board
God’s rescue plan of sending His one and only son to die for our sins, to forgive us so we could to be in a relationship with Him is extraordinary. What Love! Sometimes we need reminders to fix our eyes on Him. He is our pioneer, he is the perfecter of our Faith. We all need Him. He is on board.
09:33
July 31, 2020
One Body ~ In Community
When God tells us we are unified by His son Jesus Christ, how do we remain connected during a time that separates us?
08:06
July 29, 2020
Our Serve 🎾
Ian looks into the ‘WHY’ of Serving... in the light of who He is, and who we are in Him.
07:54
July 29, 2020
Testimony Tuesday 💥 Kevin & Cara
He’s the Captain...
06:35
July 28, 2020
Getting off the Stage
Cheryl shares from John 3:22-30. It’s time for us to give way to The One .
05:51
July 27, 2020
Trusting God to finish the story
Edwina shares on Romans 8vs28, trusting God to work all things for good when plans don’t go to plan.
06:60
July 23, 2020
What a joy it is to know the Lord!
Simone shares about the richness of community, and pearls from Ps 103 and Ps 118. Includes some faith building testimonies too!
03:58
July 23, 2020
Bravery Reflects your Intimacy
A reflection on an observational truth about our relationship with our Heavenly Father and how it is reflected in how we live.
08:48
July 22, 2020
TESTIMONY TUESDAY | A step of Faith
Nic shares with us such an encouraging testimony demonstrating God’s love, power & healing...and the way He knows His children so well.
06:27
July 21, 2020
Got unforgiveness? Be freed!
A teaching we know well, yet as profound today as the day Jesus spoke it. This particular teaching is available in a shareable WhatsApp message form upon request from Nic 👌🏻😊🙏🔥
04:16
July 20, 2020
Deeply Rooted
God’s reminder to root ourselves firmly and deeply in Him, so that even in the heat, droughts and floods of life, our strength comes from the Lord.
06:05
July 16, 2020
Psalm 103
Receiving the compassion & comfort from our Father to give to others
07:23
July 16, 2020
You have heard, have you believed?
This is an episode where we are challenged to look at our own hearts and see if there are any areas of our lives where we have heard the good news, but not believed it.
05:09
July 15, 2020
Testimony Tuesday: Josh and the Loose Tooth. 🦷
6 year old Joshua speaks about how God answered his simple prayer of faith this week... 💪
04:19
July 14, 2020
What lens are you looking through?
Byron talks about a personal challenge in seeing people how God sees them
07:57
July 13, 2020
Beware of cheap imitations...
Today Ian talks around the reality and challenge of a super-important truth: ‘We become what we behold’
08:41
July 10, 2020
Sons and daughters of encouragement.
Cheryl shares about the importance of “ encouraging one another daily”. ( Hebrews 3:10; 1 Thess 5:11)
07:44
July 9, 2020
Isaiah 35v 4 Be strong , Fear not
Isaiah 35 vs 4&5 Be strong , Fear not. Behold your God will come.
04:43
July 7, 2020
Testimony Tuesday
Stead family testimony of God’s provision
05:60
July 7, 2020
Abba fights for us💪🏻
A brief look at 2 Chronicles 20 and the deliverance which the Lord gave his people “you need only be still..” 🔥🙌🏻
06:29
July 6, 2020
Be Fruitful
Being fruitful is the essence of being a good tree, and a good tree cannot bear bad fruit. You can learn a lot whilst working in the garden
07:06
July 3, 2020
The Wise & Foolish Builders.
Nic shares a story many of us will know well, but it’s one that is so foundational, and a wonderful reminder🧱🏗🏖
04:37
July 2, 2020
I Am the Storm
Sometimes the thing we are frightened will break us, actually is the very thing that makes us... and the safest place is always the center of God’s will.
05:53
July 1, 2020
Testimony Tuesday! 🗣
Today... Get ready to be inspired by Mike! Born in Iran and now serving the people of that nation from his home in California. 🇮🇷
04:38
June 30, 2020
God’s love & Christ’s perseverance
Dave shares from 2 Thes 3:5
06:12
June 26, 2020
New plan. New identities.
In this episode, Shélagh talks about how God wants to engage with us.
11:58
June 25, 2020
Testimony Tuesday💥
Today we hear a testimony of God’s provision for a community of people during Co-Vid19 lockdown. Praise Him!
07:29
June 22, 2020
Abba, Father.
Ian considers what calling Him ‘Father’ means for us as children of God. ✨Romans 8:14-16
07:38
June 22, 2020
Stop,turn away, be still.
Cheryl shares from Psalm 37:7-9 about needless stress and anger ...and the antidote.
09:18
June 19, 2020
The Perfect Storm
Looking at the storms around us as perfect opportunities for God to intervene
07:14
June 17, 2020
A song of Trust - Psalm 20
An encouragement to proclaim the Living Word, and the power & hope therein.
04:22
June 17, 2020
Testimony Tuesday! 🧨 How deep, how wide, and how high is the Father’s love
Simone shares a short testimony about our Great Physician 🤗💪 PS: the crackling sound in the background is the fire place - may this word be fuel to your flame! 🔥
04:23
June 16, 2020
Changed thinking changes lives
Don’t become so well adjusted to your culture - that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead fix your attention on God and you’ll be changed from the inside out
06:44
June 15, 2020
Scattered abroad, now Gathered Together
Parallels between Pentecost & the Tower of Babel, a look at the curse of language and a separating of people, and then a restoration of that curse at Pentecost. Enjoy 🔥
06:60
June 11, 2020
How is your joy?
This morning the Lord laid Psalm 34 on my heart. I felt God reminding me of who HE is and that it is SAFE to trust Him.
08:32
June 11, 2020
Standing in Hope
Dave shares from Colossians 1:22-23 about not being moved from the hope held out in the gospel
07:53
June 10, 2020
Testimony Tuesday: Melanie & Gerhardt
This morning we hear from a special couple who live by faith. They share inspiring accounts of God’s Faithfulness and what it looks like to surrender one’s finances to God.
11:14
June 9, 2020
Being His
Psalm 23 is an incredibly powerful Psalm written by a man who knew God intimately. In his walk with God, he knew what it was like to need God’s strength and courage because his own wasn’t enough. He knew what is was like to sin, then turn to God and experience God’s mercy and goodness. His confidence came from this real relationship with God.
06:19
June 8, 2020
Let Heaven Rejoice
Byron ends this week with an encouragement from Luke 15 and a challenge to humble ourselves before God and allowing the Shephard to carry us home.
05:16
June 4, 2020
Mini Temples within the Mess
Today Ian speaks about the hard-to-accept, mind-blowing privilege and responsibility Jesus has given us in society.
07:56
June 4, 2020
Underneath us...
Cheryl reflects on Deuteronomy 32:9-12 . “ ... like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them, and carries them on its pinions.”
06:17
June 3, 2020
Testimony Tuesday! 💥
Every Tuesday we hope to share simple but beautiful stories of what God is doing in and around us. Nic and Shé kick off today with 2 things that have happened to them this week - and a challenge.
05:46
June 2, 2020
Edwina starts off the week with a reflection on Psalm 50vs15
Psalm 50vs15 ; Call upon me in the day of trouble, I will deliver you and you shall glorify me
10:32
June 1, 2020