The sermon for July 31st 2016 is now available on the New Life web-site.
In this sermon, which is based on Luke 8:41-48, Susan Nash talks about simply trusting Jesus.
“If you then who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”
After Jesus finishes praying on one occasion, the disciples ask Him to teach them how to pray. Jesus responds by giving them the prayer we now call the Lord’s Prayer.
Jesus goes on to give an example of going to a friend in the middle of the night to ask for some bread to feed an unexpected guest. If you are persistent, the friend will give you what you ask for.
We must ask and it will be given, search and we will find, keep on knocking and the door will be opened.
Earthly fathers give their children good things, How much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to His children.
Jesus teaches that words are not so important in prayer as our trust in the goodness of God. For many people the Lord’s Prayer is a collection of words that we must say. Jesus intended that the words should be taken as a template for prayer, a framework on which build a life of conversation and dependence on God.
If we pray without ceasing, trusting that God is indeed good, we will see remarkable, supernatural, astounding answers.
Thank you God for your love for me. Than you that you do answer my prayers. Help me to look to you each day and to trust you for everything. Amen.
Wow! So it’s just a starting point and you can only use it at temperatures of about -200 C, but this is just incredible
From the SMH:
“There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken from her.”
Jesus and the disciples arrive at the village where Mary and Martha live. Martha is distracted by all the tasks which need to be done, but Mary sits at Jesus’ feet listening to His teaching.
Finally Martha tells Jesus to tell Mary to help her with the work. Jesus tells her that Mary has chosen the better option.
Those who are called to serve can often become frustrated by those who lack any sense of needing to help. It’s all very well having the visiting ministry but somebody has to make lunch and wash the dishes. It is very frustrating when people who are capable of helping ignore the need right in front of them. The spiritual gifts of emptying the dishwasher and cleaning the toilets are very rare in most churches.
What Jesus is doing in these situations is exposing our heart attitudes and our motivations. Am I doing this thing to serve the Lord? Am I seeking some kind of recognition? So I do it from a reluctant sense of duty? Do I rejoice at serving God’s work?
Of course it is not just serving that faces these challenges. Every God-given calling will challenge our heart in order to purify us and make us holy.
Lord I thank you for the place you have called me to be. Expose my bad attitudes and poor motivations that do not come from you. Purify my heart and make me more like you. Amen.
Last week, one of the towns I visited on my Prayer Journey was Hay, located in the south west of NSW, in the beautiful Riverina District.
Hay Shire is one of the flattest regions in the world with just 17m of elevation between the highest and lowest points. I remember when we lived there an old farmer telling me that the land fell away to the west at a constant rate of an inch to the mile all the way to the South Australian border, about 400 km away.
As we approached the town we saw some very tall radio transmission towers, and just randomly I thought about how these towers actually prove that the earth is not flat.
That was a totally random thought although I do occasionally look at the crazy things these people post on the internet. In fact, just today I stumbled onto a conspiracy theory web-site that claims the Flat Earthers discredit the conspiracy theory movement.
So here was my thought in Hay. If the earth is flat and there is no physical horizon, they only need to build those towers to get line of sight which is basically a little taller than the tallest tree in the plain (of which there are not many). That also made me think that if the earth was flat I should have been able to see the Great Dividing Range from the roof of my house in Hay. And at night the lights from other towns such as the city of Griffith should have been visible.
People don’t build radio towers unnecessarily tall.
Ironically, one of the flattest places on the planet proves that the planet is not flat.
He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation.
Christ is the image of God. He was before all things and created all things.
Christ is the head of His body, the church. In Him all the fullness of God dwells, and through Him God reconciled all things to Himself.
We were once far from God, but Christ brings us close, presenting us blameless and holy to God.
To understand the scope of our salvation we must understand the Saviour. Paul paints a high and exalted picture of Christ that tries to lift our vision to see who He is.
We have a tendency to see Jesus as just a man- a very good man to be sure but still just a man. We might see His death as a tragedy.
But here is the truth. Jesus was a man with all the fullness of God dwelling in Him. His death was planned from the beginning of time s the centrepiece of creation.
We get to share in this by living for Christ and sharing with others the good news of what He has done for us.
How awesome and majestic you are Lord Jesus Christ, creator and redeemer of the world. Amen.
Five Questions to Ask Before You Consume Cannabis
Recent trends in the direction of the full-scale legalization of marijuana suggest that pot is undergoing a dramatic marketing makeover.
One cannabis branding firm put it this way: “There is a huge untapped market here. It’s about reaching nonconsumers: women, young people, business professionals, grandmothers, and soccer moms.” Get ready: if it hasn’t already, your favorite shows soon will feature marijuana in a way that makes it feel cool — whether it’s a joint, a pot-tart, a keefcat, or a pot-brownie.
This means that Christians will need to think more carefully about marijuana than most of us have until now. Not everyone will be tempted to consume pot, but most everyone will be in a position to advise someone who is considering it.
With this in mind, here are five questions to ask before you consume pot.
Full article here