LPUC eNews – Sunday 4 October 2015

1 Kings 3:1-16, Is wisdom what you want? What would you have asked for if you had only one wish to tell?  I guess you have to be pretty thoughtful to choose only one wish.  Probably you would not like to answer on the basis of an immediate or thoughtless desire or need. In reading…

LPUC eNews – Sunday 27 September 2015

Mark 7:24-30 & Matthew 15:21-28, Everyone is welcome to the Lord Il-Woong writes, ‘In today’s text, a Syrophenician woman came to Jesus begging him to heal her little daughter who was possessed by an evil spirit.  The disciples objected to her coming and tried to send her away.  Even Jesus seemed to reject her request…

LPUC eNews – Sunday 20 September 2015

John 6:32-35 & 41-51, Jesus the bread of life Today’s Gospel talks about the bread, Spiritual Bread.  However, the people in the text were more concerned with physical hunger than with spiritual hunger.  They were following Jesus because their stomachs were filled, and they thought that if they could convince Jesus to become king, they…

LPUC eNews – Sunday 13 September 2015

This Sunday’s Bible reading is James 5:13-20 and the theme is The Power of Prayer. Il-Woong writes, ‘We come to the last part of the Book of James. The Book of James has been so practical, so down to earth, so “facing the problems and challenges” that we have within our life and our congregation….

LPUC eNews – Sunday 6 September 2015

This Sunday’s Bible reading is James 5:1-12. In these verses James has some confronting words to say to those who have accumulated wealth but hoard it to themselves. He also challenges the people who have fewer material possessions and grumble about their situation. In the midst of all this, James encourages us in patience and…

LPUC eNews – Sunday 30 August 2015

To study the book of James helps us to reflect upon our faith and actions, whether they are balanced or not; whether the word of God is written in our hearts or not; whether the faith is lived out or not. In fact, James suggests a test of our spiritual condition and sets before his…

LPUC eNews – Sunday 23 August 2015

James 3:1-18. ‘Is Our Tongue Wild?’ “A tame wild animal… does such a thing exist? Perhaps the better question would be, Is a wild animal considered ‘wild’ because of their behaviour or the instincts that prompt that behaviour? Is our tongue ‘wild’ because of the words that come out or because of our instincts? Instead…

LPUC eNews – Sunday 16 August 2015

James 2:14-26. Faith and Deeds: Much is made of Paul’s assertions that we are saved by faith and not by works. Some, like Martin Luther, believe that James is at odds with Paul on this subject. But, are we comparing apples with oranges? We ARE saved by faith and today I want to talk about…

LPUC eNews – Sunday 2 August 2015

John 8:12-20, Jesus the Light Il-Woong writes, ‘Light is a major theme in the Bible.  God and light are so interconnected and so inseparable (I John 1:5).  And Jesus compared Himself to light when He made the last of the “I am” statements (John 8:12).  What Jesus says is that He had come as a…

LPUC eNews – Sunday 26 July 2015

James 1:17-27, Listening and Doing James was saying to the church in today’s passage, “Be quick to listen, and slow to speak” (v 19).  Sometimes it is possible to hear but not really listen to what someone is saying.  We may have experienced this in any conversation, and even in hearing God’s word too. There…