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    From the Pastors Desk

    Thursday, October 15, 2009



    There is no question it is a problem, an overwhelming one at that and it permeates the whole of our society. It is insidious and completely destructive, worse than any plaque, parasite, virus, earthquake, or typhoon; its powers to invade and corrupt are almost unstoppable. Yet surprisingly governments don’t care. It is never addressed by any educational curriculum; the media never mentions it, and you will never hear your neighbours speak about it. Yet the fact remains not a single human being can escape its devastating effects. What am I talking about? A single syllable, three letter word that has brought humanity to the brink of total annihilation on more than one occasion – SIN!

    Surprisingly even churches often only mention it in hushed tones. It doesn’t exactly inspire or encourage large attentive crowds wanting to hear of our miserable condition, and the truth of it is often hidden beneath layers of pretence and the veneer of respectability. Truth doesn’t always leave us feeling great about ourselves, but reality is what it is, and we must face it whether we want to or not if we are to be true to God and true to ourselves. The world is full of superficialities. God’s church must dare to be different, and come clean on what is really happening in our lives if we are to ever see the power of God break through - with a force and power equal to and beyond the destructive nature of sin.


    Your attendance is therefore invited to our 4th term series beginning this Sunday entitled, “How To Sin & Get Away With It.” Contrary to what the weather might be telling us, it is Spring - so it’s time for a little Spring cleaning! Where better to begin than with our own souls?


    This Sunday morning I will begin the series with an introduction that Kieran Johnson will continue in the evening. Although we may become a little battered and bruised listening to truth, ultimately we have good news about the problem of sin, and this perspective will permeate all of the messages throughout the series.


    Look forward to seeing you there,





    From the Pastors Desk

    Thursday, October 08, 2009


    How to sin and get away with it! That’s the theme of our 4th term sermon and Lifegroup series that begins Sunday week. Do you think it sounds a bit strange for a church to be teaching Christians how to sin and get away with it? The fact is we can’t get away with sin but surprisingly we sometimes think we can so we develop habits of ‘secretly’ sinning that are never confronted.

     

    Sins like godlessness, pride, gossip, slander, apathy, anxiety, jealousy, judgementalism, greed and gluttony can all become part of our behaviour and attitude and we don’t even recognise how offensive it is to God and hurtful to ourselves and others. So lets investigate what God’s Word says about some of these sins and how we can deal with them so that they are no longer a ‘hidden’ part of our lives.

     

    Scripture records instances of people trying to conceal their sins, Achan comes to mind in Joshua 7 as he endeavoured to bury what he had stolen in the earth beneath his tent – if only sin could be so easily concealed! Nothing is hidden from God however and what he had done was revealed to all. How embarrassing this must have been for Achan - his sin of theft and greed were identified and shown to be the cause of God’s judgment on Israel - as they were defeated in battle against a much weaker enemy. Embarrassment was the least of his worries however as judgment came upon not only him but also his whole family as everything that belonged to him was stoned to death then burned.

     

    The example of Achan shows just how seriously God takes sin to be and how damaging it can be to us, our loved ones and all in our community. This is important for us to see as we begin our series on ‘How to sin and get away with it’ because we need to recognise sin for what it is so that we might put it out of our lives and experience God’s favour and blessing.

     

    This Sunday morning Pastor Edwin is speaking and in the evening we will hear from Alan Millhouse. Please pray for the many who are sick amongst us at this time and remember our overseas missionaries. Pray for Simon and Emma and the boys as they settle back into life in Australia.

     

    God bless,

     

     





    Are you expecting too much of God?

    Saturday, October 03, 2009


    Do you think you are expecting too much of God? Sometimes I wonder if we think like this in relation to what we ask or expect of God. I can’t ask God for this or that because my request is too big, God can’t do that! Encouragingly God invites us to ask big things of Him, things that may well be humanly impossible. All too often however its not that God doesn’t have the capacity to answer our prayer its that our faith and understanding of God are too small.
    Another obstacle in our minds that keeps us from asking big things of God is that we doubt God’s generosity. We don’t think that He would be good enough or generous enough to open doors and provide for us in abundance. In light of our often small mindedness about God, its no wonder God’s Word says so much about His desire and capacity to provide for us and answer our humanly impossible prayers. Consider the following verses...
    He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Romans 8:32
    “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! Matthew 7:7-10
    Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like a shifting shadow. James 1:17
    For nothing is impossible with God Luke 1:37 Having considered these few verses I hope you are encouraged to ask great things of our Great
    God who is so powerful and generous, what will He not do for us? So what will you ask of Him?
    This Sunday morning I will continue Part 2 of a message about ministry from last Sunday morning. In the evening Pastor Joe will bring a message to us from the Word of God. Remember our missionaries in prayer and also the many in the church who are sick at present. Please dont forget that daylight savings starts this weekend and put your clocks forward one hour.Sunday morning.
    Expecting great things from our Great God!




    From the Pastors Desk

    Thursday, April 02, 2009


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    Our weekly budget for this year is $11,666 while our giving has remained at last years level, as yet we haven’t reached the 18% increase over our 2008 budget. Currently we are at 82% of budget reflecting a shortfall of approximately $2,000 per week. I encourage each of us to commit to financially supporting the church as we are able.

     

    It’s interesting to observe the way we react to being asked to give financially to God’s work, some rejoice that we are being open about our financial needs, others get defensive and provide reasons why we shouldn’t talk about giving or make excuses why people don’t give, such as the current economic crisis. Without doubt giving to the Lord’s work is as biblical and fundamental as prayer and reading the Scriptures and sometimes we need to be reminded to pray, read God’s Word or evangelise, just as we need to be reminded to give.

     

    I don’t believe the current economic crisis provides a reason not to give to God’s work, firstly because it’s impact has not yet hit the majority of people, in spite of what the media tell us. Some have been hit hard but at this stage most people actually have more money in their pockets because of the significant drop in interest rates. It was reported this week that the average homeowner in Australia, with a mortgage, is now saving $7,000 per year in interest because of the low interest rates. 

     

    Having said that, there is no doubt that the flow on effect of the world economic crisis will hit us all at some point and it may be sooner rather than later, but why are many thinking we are already in a great depression? At this point in time Australia is still one of the wealthiest countries in the world! When hard times do hit however and we are faced with some very difficult times financially we still have no excuse not to maintain a spirit of generosity towards God’s work. Consider the following verses…

     

    2 Corinthians 8:1-5 And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. 5And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God's will.

     

    Next week is our major Easter Outreach on Wednesday 8th at 7:30pm with Tony Anthony. Just as I have invited you to GIVE to God’s work, I invite you to PRAY for this event and INVITE an unchurched friend.

     

    This Sunday morning Pastor Joe will bring a message to us while I am speaking in the evening, at both services we will consider Jesus’ preparation for the cross as we prepare for Easter.

     

    Grateful for His every blessing and generosity to us all,

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     







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