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Living… Sacrifice

Living… Sacrifice

Everyone seems to want to get the most out of “life”. However for many of us, we get busier without necessarily living better. Today Romans 12 lays out a formula for meaningful living. Paul argues that because of Jesus our response should be to become “living sacrifices”. Research confirms that humans are happiest when they feel dedicated to a cause that transcends themselves i.e. “giving themselves to something bigger”. Paul is clear in saying that should be God and his kingdom. The passage calls to us, if Jesus is Central then serving......

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We have all the time there is!

We have all the time there is!

I hear more and more people talking about how busy they are. Many of us get to the end of the week and wish we had more time to do some of the important things that currently miss out. The reality is that we have all the time there is. We each get 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. God leaves it up to us to decide on the best way to spend our time. The answer lies in learning how to get more out of our hours; e.g.......

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Jesus is Central to our Lives

Jesus is Central to our Lives

Yesterday a service of thanksgiving was held for Jean Smith who was a long time member of our parish, particularly contributing greatly at our former Wongawilli church. She was taught from a young age to remember her Creator in the days of her youth, before the days of trouble come. She lived her life remembering her God. On Friday Pat Hain went to be with God. She too contributed over many years to our parish, particularly caring for the St Luke’s building. As I reflect on individuals such as Jean and Pat......

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Jesus is Central:  To God’s Plan and Purpose

People like the idea of choice, that we have the freedom to decide to follow God or not. The concept that God has a plan and he ‘elects’ those who will be saved causes a lot of negative response. The Bible is absolutely clear that God is never unfair! Salvation that results from God’s grace and mercy is given to those who don’t deserve it (all have sinned). Judgement and hardening of hearts is always deserved by those who do not respond to God. Salvation is never a birthright or reward for......

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Jesus is Control

Jesus is Control

Over the next few weeks we are diving back into the book of Romans for our inspiration at Church. Starting at Chapter 9, we will be exploring how the great news about Jesus affects our everyday life. The gospel has two major opposing ideas in our modern world.  The first idea…..is that of irreligious people who see Jesus as irrelevant, sin as non-existent and the hope of humanity in just getting smarter over time.  This line of thinking doesn’t answer our biggest problems or questions and has never really worked. The other......

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Who Stars in your life?

Who Stars in your life?

During this week’s Holiday Club 174 different children (averaging over 130 each day) enjoyed a fun program focused on movie characters. The underlying truth was that Jesus is the greatest character. At church this week we will celebrate how the greatest character Jesus, has made the greatest sacrifice. Every day my computer’s news feed focuses on the lives of stars. We learn about their lives and loves. A regular part of my day is also the Bible verse of the day. As I get fed by the life and love of Jesus......

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A Strong Tower in Tough Times

A Strong Tower in Tough Times

In California, a hurricane battered the coast. Trees were torn up and buildings were destroyed. But as that was going on, people took shelter in bunkers. Outside it was chaos and destruction, but in the bunker, there was food and water and safety. That is what God is like in times of trial. He protects and carries his people, He is their safe place. He is our safe place. The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe. Proverbs 18:10 As we suffer and......

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A friend that will be there

A friend that will be there

We are more connected than ever and yet more lonely than ever before. We are hungry for community, we are hungry for friendship. For a friend that will be there in the highs and the lows, a friend who will never leave, a friend who we can trust. A friend that we might call brother. Jesus in John 15 says what no other God has said before. Where every other God calls people servants or slaves, creatures or mortals, Jesus calls the disciples his friends. He promises to be the one who......

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DOING LIFE … WITH GOD or WITHOUT GOD

DOING LIFE … WITH GOD or WITHOUT GOD

Today we celebrate a change point in our Preschool Community. Our much loved and respected Preschool Director, Julie Irving, is moving to Sydney to support her husband, Ron, in their next ministry adventure in West Pennant Hills. We will be talking about choices during the Celebration Service. As Joshua, in the Old Testament, chose to follow the Lord, so we will be encouraged to follow God today. As we face our struggles, as we learn through life’s journey, we can face them with God or without God. We choose “with God”. This......

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Waiting Eagerly

Waiting Eagerly

I remember the excitement of Christmas Eve. I eagerly looked forward to the next day. I loved the presents. I loved the lunch. I also knew when it would happen, Christmas Day not before. I eagerly waited. Today’s passage from Romans 8 reminds us that our present world and lives would have their share of frustrations and suffering. Paul helps us place these in the context of a broken world that God will restore. He raises our hopes to the incomparably wonderful future. He also reminds us that God will help us......

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