GOD WITH US– not in heaven, not out of touch or out of reach, not a phantom, not a shadow, not a legend or a myth; God with us in grace, in truth, in mercy; God with us in human flesh, touchable, seeable, knowable.
LOVE breathing, love giving, love caring, love dying. Walking where we walk, crying our tears, knowing our pain, feeling our grief, bearing our sorrows.
GOD WITH US—in the manger, in the temple, on the road, by the well, in the boat, upon the hillside, in the home, at the table, healing the sick, feeding the hungry, comforting those who mourn, speaking to the multitude and seeking out the individual; with arms extended, with words that beckon, with a voice that calls, ‘Come unto Me.”
GOD WITH US—to believe in, to follow, to proclaim, to seek, to worship, to love, to cherish forever!
Regular time set apart spent with God is integral to our faith growing. It allows us to talk with God as well as time to listen to His Spirit. Just as you want to spend time with your family and other loved ones, God wants us to spend time with Him. Prayer and Bible Study are essential and if you don’t already have resources, we have some options for you. If you are computer savvy—then there are plenty of choices to either read online, or download, or sign up to receive in your email inbox daily.
There is also a great free APP called “YouVersion”
If you would rather have a printed copy then there are books in the foyer library or you may like to sign up to receive a regular copy of “Everyday with Jesus” just $8.50 a copy. For many years Rex has diligently purchased the EDWJ books from Koorong for easy access. He now needs to hand over the baton to another volunteer. Is this you? If you would like more info, please feel free to have a chat with Rex, or the Church Office staff.
Spending time with God….It doesn’t matter how we do it, it matters that we do! Start today and feel the difference.
Lord of truth, refuge and strength. Your Word is sure, true and altogether righteous. I ask that You would cause me to thirst anew for Your Word each day. Teach me, Lord, the way of Your decrees, that I may follow them to the end. Give me understanding so I may treasure Your Law and obey it with all my heart. Direct me in the path of Your commandments, for there I find delight. Turn my heart toward Your statutes and not toward selfish gain or a foolish squandering that which You have given me. Turn my eyes away from worthless things and preserve my life according to Your Word. Fulfill Your promise to Your servant so You may be feared and praised. May Your Word dwell with me so my lips might boldly declare Your truth, love and mercy. This I ask in the Name of Jesus. Amen
Jesus said, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35). In that same discourse, he prayed that his disciples would be unified “so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (John 17:20–21). Jesus says the love we have for one another in the church is evidence that we are truly converted. And when we are unified in the church, we show the world that Jesus is the Son of God. Love confirms our discipleship, and unity confirms Christ’s deity. What a powerful witness!
Wasn’t it windy this week? Then as quickly as it arrived it died down...until the next time. It reminded me of Elijah (1 Kings 19) when the wind came, the earthquake, then fire, then the still small voice. God was in the still small voice. Despite His almighty power to send a booming voice from heaven, He was in the still small voice.
Our challenge in the busyness of life is to take time and out and be still before our Lord and listen for His voice. Let’s make every effort to do this, this very day and every day. Let’s take time to listen to our God, draw closer to Him as He draws near to us.
“For salvation that comes from trusting Christ—which is what we preach—is already within easy reach of each of us; in fact, it is as near as our own hearts and mouths. 9 For if you tell others with your own mouth that Jesus Christ is your Lord and believe in your own heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in his heart that a man becomes right with God; and with his mouth he tells others of his faith, confirming his salvation.[[a](https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+10&version=TLB#fen-TLB-25258a)]
11 For the Scriptures tell us that no one who believes in Christ will ever be disappointed. 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect: they all have the same Lord who generously gives His riches to all those who ask Him for them. 13 Anyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved.
14 But how shall they ask Him to save them unless they believe in Him? And how can they believe in Him if they have never heard about Him? And how can they hear about Him unless someone tells them? 15 And how will anyone go and tell them unless someone sends him? That is what the Scriptures are talking about when they say, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the Gospel of peace with God and bring glad tidings of good things.”[[b](https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+10&version=TLB#fen-TLB-25263b)] In other words, how welcome are those who come preaching God’s Good News! “ Romans 11:17 TLB
There are lots of faux things around. Leather, art, you can even buy a synthetic diamond. The dictionary meaning of faux is ‘not genuine, fake or false. Made to look valuable usually in order to deceive.’
Churches, being made up of people can be so varied, that it can become confusing about what it really means to be a follower of Christ. Can anyone discern the ‘real deal? Is it possible to know what functional practical Christianity truly looks like?
James, the brother of Jesus, says yes—and he give us a simple test.
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world ([Jas. 1:27](https://biblia.com/bible/esv/James.%201.27)).”
James provides a short, two-item checklist: (1) love—helping those in need, and (2) holiness—separating from worldly influence. These two traits summarize the practical outworking of a life changed by the gospel.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
“Jesus worked all His life. But the greatest work that Jesus did was not in the carpenter’s shop, nor even at the marriage feast of Cana where He turned the water into wine. The greatest work that Jesus did was not when He made the blind to see, the deaf to hear, the dumb to speak, nor even the dead to rise. The greatest work that Jesus did was not when He taught as One having authority, or when He scathingly denounced the Pharisees for their hypocrisy. The greatest work that Jesus did was not in the great ethical program He presented to mankind—that program which has become the foundation for Western culture. What, then, was His greatest work? His greatest work was achieved in those three dark hours on Calvary. Christ’s greatest work was His dying for us.” Billy Graham
Families can come in all different ways. But no matter what family we are part of we can be part of a second family at the same time. That is very special and so all of us can have two families.
We have the family we were born into or the family we live with and if we believe in Jesus we can also be part of God’s family.
The Bible says anyone can be part of God’s family if they believe that Jesus is real and is God’s only Son. It all seems so easy but it is amazing how many people never believe in Jesus, never ask God to forgive them for their sin and consequently never become part of God's family.
If you are not part of God’s family and would like to be in God’s family you can pray that prayer right now. Just talk to God and tell Him you are sorry for disobeying and tell Him that you want Him to forgive you. Once you pray and ask God, He does forgive you and you are then part of His family.
If you want to know more, please let us know, speak to a Pastor, write on your Care Card or contact the Church Office.